Tom Dumoulin reacts to Georg Preidler Giro d'Italia doping use: It is a bitter pill to swallow
Sep 19 2019 08:54 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin reacts to Georg Preidler Giro d'Italia doping use: It is a bitter pill to swallow
Tom Dumoulin reacts to Georg Preidler Giro d'Italia doping use: It is a bitter pill to swallow
Photo of Tom Dumoulin © Team Sunweb

Former rider Georg Preidler has been found guilty using blood doping and growth hormones that date from before the 2017 Giro d'Italia, when his teammate Tom Dumoulin won the race. The Dutchman has reacted to this news.

The Austrian rider has already received a four-year ban for the use of doping in his professional career and Dumoulin has talked about the possibility of Preidler using substances at the time he got the victory of the Italian grand tour. "I'm shocked to read that," the Dutchman wrote in a statement. "I'm beyond proud of that victory and always will be. But now I know that I might have had a teammate who had not been racing clean. That is a bitter pill to swallow.

"I don't know if it's true, I hope it's not, of course. But to be honest, I would not be surprised. He was not the joyful Georg that I knew anymore. He came across as bitter, insecure and self-contained. I think it was very difficult for him to notice that he worked as hard as he could and it turned out not to be enough to make it to be the rider that he wanted to be. I guess those are doubts that every athlete, including me, deals with from time to time in his or her careers. But he turned to doping while others didn't and don't. So, am I angry? Yes!"

Dumoulin has explained that he had a close relationship with Preidler, considering that they are both the same age and had similar "goals and mindset", and feels disappointed of all this situation. "He made a terrible life decision, which also affects a lot of people around him, and he can not turn it back," the rider continued. "He made a mistake and he will pay for it. But I don't want to be bitter towards anyone, and especially not to someone that I considered to be close to me in the past.

"I hope he will get his life back on track and that he will be able to find the joyful, nice person within him. I know it's there from the first years that we were teammates and I hope he knows that about himself as well."




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