Tom Dumoulin has admitted the 2019 Tour de France route is “very tough” with five summit finishes above 2,000m included. The Dutchman finished second in this year’s Tour, behind British cyclist Geraint Thomas, and is expected to challenge for the Yellow Jersey next year.
However, after the route was announced on Thursday and it showed there would be just 27km of individual time trialling and five high summit finishes, Dumoulin admits it may not suit him.
The 2017 Giro d’Italia winner said: “It’s a very tough route. Of course more individual time trial kilometres would have been better, so it’s not an ideal course for me, but that was also the case this year.
“There’s a lot of high climbing – 2,000 metres plus – with emphasis on the second half of the Tour with the Pyrenees and the Alps to be decisive.”
The Tour begins with the Grand Depart in Brussels on July 6 and ends, as ever, in Paris on July 28.