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Tom Dumoulin to ride Olympic ITT despite wrist break

Tom Dumoulin in Dutch national time trial champion's jersey

Tom Dumoulin during a time trial at the 2015 Paris-Nice, by denismenchov08, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Tom Dumoulin will ride the individual time trial, and perhaps the road race, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. When he abandoned the Tour de France 2016 on Stage 19 with a broken wrist, after an innocuous-looking fall, his participation in the Games appeared to be in doubt.

The injury occurred on Friday 22nd July. It was a clean fracture of the distal radius, not in the joint, and without any dislocation. Dumoulin arrived back home the next day, Saturday 23rd July, and check-ups on that day showed that the break had started to heal, and surgery wasn't necessary. He has to wear a brace to protect the injury.

Dumoulin is quoted on the Giant Alpecin website as follows: 'It was a huge disappointment to drop out of the Tour. After the crash, I directly knew something was wrong, Rio was in danger. The first X-rays confirmed my feeling. I had additional examinations at the hospital which confirmed that the fracture was a clean one. The belief that Rio was still possible started to become stronger yesterday [Monday 25th July], after I went to fit my brace, and I carefully restarted my  training with an easy test ride. It went well, and I am just really happy to be able to ride the bike again so soon.'

'The preparation went a little bit different than planned. Instead of recovering from a complete Tour, and having a relaxed time at home doing the last training before going to Brazil, I am now going for check-ups to the hospital and fitting braces. However, I have good medical support. With now almost two weeks to go, the brace and the special exercises, we'll go for it.'

The Dutch time trial specialist will travel to Brazil with TeamNL on Saturday 30th July, and in Rio, medical staff will monitor his progress. If all goes well, he could be able to take part in the road race and the ITT, without the brace, and pain-free. 

The 256.5km road race takes place on Saturday 6th August, and the 59.6km individual time trial is on Wednesday 10th August.

Dumoulin tweeted a video of himself cycling on Tuesday 26th July:

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