“At the beginning of the week, I wasn’t feeling sick anymore and the plan was to try and get stronger day by day,” Dumoulin said in a statement released by his team. “We were going to use this week to build up my fitness, but it turned out to be different. My condition got worse over the first two stages and today I didn’t have the legs to continue.”
Dumoulin, who is preparing for the Giro d’Italia in May, just missed winning the opening prologue at Paris-Nice, coming in as runner-up one second behind Michael Matthews. He finished 12th overall there after beginning to feel ill during the final two days of the race.
“From Saturday to Sunday I had a sore throat and didn’t feel completely well during Sunday’s closing stage, and once home it continued to get worse,” he said before Milan-San Remo.
Dumoulin was replaced in the Italian race by teammate Bert de Debacker, but the Dutchman’s absence was a major blow to Giant-Alpecin after they were forced to ride without defending champion John Degenkolb, who is still recovering from being hit by a car earlier in the year.
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