Tom Dumoulin takes a break from cycling: I have forgotten myself a bit in the past year
Jan 24 2021 12:23 am CET

Tom Dumoulin takes a break from cycling: I have forgotten myself a bit in the past year
Tom Dumoulin takes a break from cycling: I have forgotten myself a bit in the past year
Photo of Tom Dumoulin by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Tom Dumoulin has decided to put a pause in his career as a cyclist.

The winner of the 2017 Giro d'Italia has decided to stop his cycling career for the moment. The rider took the decision during the training camp the team is holding in Alicante, Spain, and after a difficult period in which he has struggled physically and mentally.

"I took the decision yesterday," said the Dutchman. "And the team supports me in it, and it feels really good. It is really as if a backpack of a hundred kilos has slipped off my shoulders. I immediately woke up happy. It feels so good that I finally took the decision to take some time for myself. That says enough.

"I have been feeling for quite a while that it is very difficult for me to know how to find my way as Tom Dumoulin the cyclist. With the pressure that comes with it, with the expectations of different parties. I just want to do very well for very many people. I want the team to be happy with me. I want the sponsors to be happy. I want my wife and my family 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. What do I want? Do I still want to be a rider. And how?"
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