Former Giro champion Dumoulin takes break to ponder his future

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 24, 2021

"I took the decision yesterday", Dumoulin said in a statement released by the team.

Dumoulin shot to prominence in cycling when he won the 2017 Giro d'Italia, in which he was famously forced to take a comfort break in a meadow because of stomach problems and still managed to win the pink jersey overall.

"I really need to get off and think on the platform".

"It feels so good that I finally took the decision to take some time for myself". Do you still want to be a cyclist?' Now I have the feeling that I don't know anymore what to do.

"For too long I've cared about what everyone [else] thinks", added the rider, who will take unpaid leave from his team. I just want to do very well for very many people.

The Jumbo Visma rider, victor of the Giro in 2017 and runner up in the 2018 Tour de France, said in an interview on the team website that those results had made him "Tom Dumoulin the great Dutch cyclist" and he had been struggling "with the pressure that comes with it, the expectations". I want the sponsors to be happy. And so I want to do well for everyone, but because of that I have forgotten myself a bit in the past year. Do I still want to be a rider.

Dumoulin won the Giro in 2017, following it up with second places at both the Giro and the Tour de France a year later.

He moved to Jumbo-Visma in 2020 after his final season with Team Sunweb was wrecked by injuries. He rode last year's Tour in a support role - with his stunned expression as team-mate Roglic surrendered the lead in the penultimate time trial among the defining images of the race.

He said that after attending team training camps this winter he could not "flick the switch" and decided that "stumbling on, ending up 12th in the Tour and fifth in the Olympics would not help".

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