Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin) has had to pull out of the Tour de France after crashing during yesterday’s ninenteenth stage. He has since been diagnosed with a fracture in his left arm, but it is unknown at this stage what impact this will have on his Olympics participation.
“Tom has fractured his radius in his left forearm,” explained team physician Stephan Jacolino. “It’s a clean fracture and further examinations have shown no additional fracture of the wrist joint, which is good news.”
“Tom will have further tests in the Netherlands to determine if surgery is required to stabilise the fracture and to make a treatment plan.”
Dumoulin said: “It’s a huge setback. After the crash I instantly knew it was bad news. Luckily it is a clean fracture. As a precaution I have a cast but I can’t ride a bike with it. If I need to keep this for two weeks, then my participation in Rio will be difficult.”
“Tomorrow I go back to the Netherlands and we can see how we proceed. I really hope I will be ready for the Olympics. At the moment there is too little information to say anything more about that objective.”
Coach Marc Reef added: “We are very disappointed about the situation, for Tom and for the whole team. Tom’s Tour was already very successful but this injury is a big setback towards Rio. Now we have to see what our options are to be able to make the best possible plan for the next weeks.”