Rio 2016 Olympics: Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin back on bike despite broken arm

Tom Dumoulin is regarded as the biggest threat to Chris Froome for the time trial on the hilly Grumari circuit on Aug. 10.

By: Reuters | London | Published: July 26, 2016 5:38 pm
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Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin is still hopeful of competing for road time trial gold at the Rio Olympics despite breaking his left arm near the end of the Tour de France.

Dumoulin is being regarded as the biggest threat to Chris Froome for the time trial on the hilly Grumari circuit on Aug. 10.

Froome, who will join Bradley Wiggins in the Great Britain cycling team, clinched his third Tour de France on Sunday and will now be attempting an unprecedented treble as he also plans to take part in both the time trial and road race at the Rio Games.

Having won a bronze in the time trial at the 2012 London Olympics, the 31-year-old’s hopes of a gold in Rio were boosted when his chief rival, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, fractured his wrist during the Tour de France and is a doubt for the Games.

Tom Dumoulin posted a video on Twitter of him back on his bike.

“Look what I’m doing?” Dumoulin who won stage nine and 13 on the Tour but suffered a heavy fall on stage 19, said as he filmed himself out pedalling on the road.

“It’s a bit stiff but it’s okay. At least I can ride my bike. Don’t try this at home!”

The 25-year-old faces a race against time to be fit for Rio, although the break to his forearm was clean and there was not thought to be any damage to the wrist.

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