“I hated going out on a bike and I still finished seventh in the Tour”

Tom Dumoulin is another of the big names in the world of cycling who has also hung up his bike during the 2022 season. The Dutch cyclist gave an extensive interview to the Dutch outlet NRC in which he analyzed his goodbye to cycling and reviewed some of his most difficult moments.

In the interview Dumoulin confessed that his attendance at the World Championships in Australia as a spectator helped him change his perspective on cycling after some difficult years, although for now he prefers to stay on the sidelines. “I liked the atmosphere of the World Championships so much that I thought cycling was my world. I’m not done here yet. I feel at home and I still have love for the bike. You may one day be a coach or advisor to a team, but now I want to be away from professional cycling for a while.”

The 2017 Giro d’Italia champion also highlighted the difficulties he went through in 2020 and how, despite this, he managed to shine in a great race like the Tour de France. “The 2020 season was absolutely horrible. She hated going out on a bike ride. And still I was able to help the team and I finished seventh in the Tour. Seventh! I don’t understand how it was possible. And then you have to imagine that the world saw the worst period of my life.”

Now Dumoulin has before him an uncertain future in which he intends to enjoy himself before re-enlisting again in the world of cycling, although he is already off the bicycle. “For the first time in my life I can do everything on my own. I have a blank page in front of me. Where am I going? I have no idea. I would like to leave it like that, I feel good.”

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