Tom Dumoulin: The bad spring season may be an advantage ahead of the Giro
Apr 03 2018 11:53 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin: The bad spring season may be an advantage ahead of the Giro
Tom Dumoulin: The bad spring season may be an advantage ahead of the Giro
Photo of Tom Dumoulin (c) Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin believes that the relatively poor start to his season may be a positive thing regarding his title defending campaign at the Giro d'Italia.

The Dutchman was unable to make a difference in the races he took part in since the start of the season, and believes to have lacked the right kind of attitude in respect to the Italian grand tour, until now.

"In hindsight my bad spring has been a good thing, I think. I was motivated, but in the wrong way. I always looked forward to the Giro but my mindset was a bit too negative. I wasn't relaxed. I think I'm motivated in the right way now," he told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

The rider repeated that any decision regarding the Tour de France will be made after riding the Giro. "I've always been honest about this. I will focus on the Giro and would like to go to the Tour, but we won't decide until after the Giro. If I don't think it'll work out, I won't go."

Dumoulin also commented on the character of his compatriot Niki Terpstra, who took a solo win at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. "He's a special guy, a street fighter. He has a clear presence. From what I've seen at the World Championships, he's a really nice guy. But when I'm on my bike in Flanders and heading for the Taaienberg, he'd easily push me off the road. That wouldn't be an issue for him," he joked.

In May of 2017, Dumoulin became the first Dutchman ever to win the Giro d'Italia, securing the overall victory in the closing time trial in Milano.
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