Tom Dumoulin’s absence from the Tour de France has left Team Sunweb teammate Michael Matthews “totally confused”, with the Australian telling Dutch broadcaster NOS: “I don’t know where to go from here.”
When Dumoulin announced on Thursday that he would not take part in the Tour de France, owing to the knee injury that forced him out of the Giro d’Italia, it seemingly opened a door for Matthews to chase stage wins and target the green jersey he won in 2017.
However, the Australian explained that his focus in recent months has been geared around Dumoulin and being able to assist on climbs and in the important stage 2 team time trial.
“I’ve been making sure I can climb really well, making sure I can do a really good TTT to support him as best as possible. It’s definitely hard to take in the news,” Matthews told NOS at the Tour de Suisse.
“I haven’t done any sprint training or any training that was preparing myself for my stages, and there are quite a lot of stages that do suit me.
“It’s massively disappointing, obviously. I don’t know what to do now, I’m totally confused. Even the plans to go up to Livigno from here to make sure I was really ready in the mountains to support Tom… It’s just a massive disappointment, to be honest, and I don’t know where to go from here.”
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