Tom Dumoulin: If the organisation of the Tour de France has a bit of hope, I also have hope
Apr 08 2020 06:13 am CET

Tom Dumoulin: If the organisation of the Tour de France has a bit of hope, I also have hope
Tom Dumoulin: If the organisation of the Tour de France has a bit of hope, I also have hope
Photo of Tom Dumoulin by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Tom Dumoulin still hasn't raced in 2020 so far, but he keeps training and thinking about the immediate and long-term future of cycling.

In a discussion with Belgian broadcaster Sporza, the Dutch rider talked about the current situation in cycling and in the world. The rider crashed out of the Giro d'Italia in 2019 with a knee injury and since then hasn't return to the peloton, and that's why he was really looking forward to 2020 but so far the circumstances haven't been ideal.

"This is a crazy situation," said Dumoulin. "I came from a terrible year and had high hopes for 2020: now I am going full throttle after that knee injury. But this year has not brought any luck so far."

The Dutchman lives in Belgium and still continues to find the joy in the sport. "Cycling is also fun without a goal," he explained. "It is still nice to take a trip to the Ardennes by bike. I just try to find a goal every day, not focus only on one race. Because that would be hard and can be disappointing."

The winner of the 2017 Giro d'Italia is still looking forward to riding the Tour de France. "I would rather have uncertainty now than to have the certainty that it will not go ahead," the rider affirmed about the French grand tour. "If the organization has a bit of hope, then I also hope. I don't think it is possible to move to September, but maybe it would be possible to do it before the Vuelta?"

"They should extend the season to mid-November and ride the spring races in the fall, in October and early November. We would keep the World Championships in the same dates, just after the Tour de France and the Vuelta. The Giro? It would be difficult to ride then another grand tour."

"But now that we are talking about it, I think that every season should move one month. In mid-November, the weather here in Belgium and the Netherlands is often fantastic while in mid-February we sometimes still have snow or something. If we now extend this season to November, we will start a month later in 2021, and we could continue that period in the future. That sounds fantastic to me."




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