Tom Dumoulin has suffered a further setback in his race to be ready for the Tour de France, as his altitude camp has been postponed to allow him to rest the knee he injured at the Giro d'Italia. Dumoulin left the Giro on stage 5 and switched his attentions to the Tour, but has been suffering with the effects of the blow to the knee. He pulled out of the recent Critérium du Dauphiné after stage 5 due to irritation in the knee and underwent surgery on Sunday to remove a shard of gravel that was still in there. In announcing the outcome of the surgery, Team Sunweb said Dumoulin had undergone a test ride and had been cleared to travel to altitude to continue his preparation for the Tour, which begins in Brussels on July 6.ADVERTISEMENT He was set to head to La Plagne, a ski resort in the Alps close to the three mountain stages in the Tour's final week, on Monday afternoon. However, the team issued another update on Tuesday afternoon in which they revealed Dumoulin's departure to the French Alps had been pushed back by 'a few days'. "After initially deciding to make the trip to La Plagne, it was decided to stay a little longer at home at the last moment," read the statement. According to Sunweb coach Hendrik Werner, it really was at the last moment, as he revealed Dumoulin had already left his home in Maastricht by car when the plug was pulled.
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