Tom Dumoulin: “I hated cycling so much”

By Monica Buck

The Dutch winner of Giro d’Italia took a break from professional racing in 2021 to focus on his mental health and wellbeing. He then returned and won an Olympic silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s individual time trial. However, Dumoulin then decided to retire from professional cycling altogether in August of this year. Luckily he might yet return to the peloton, as he stated in an interview with Dutch news outlet NRC, later translated by CyclingWeekly.

“I still feel the love for the bike. Maybe one day I’ll be a coach, a consultant. But I will stay away from a professional team for a while,” he said.

Dumoulin openly discussed his time at the 2020 Tour de France and his feelings about it: “It was really, really awful. I hated cycling so much, and I hated being there so much.”

“Still, I was able to help the team and I finished seventh. Seventh! I really don’t understand how that is possible. And then you have to imagine that the world was able to watch during the most unfortunate period of my life.”

Tom Dumoulin
Dumoulin during the Dutch National Time Trial Championships in Drenthe. © Profimedia

The plan for Dumoulin was to make the UCI World Championships in Wollongong, Australia his final outing. Unluckily for us, that was not meant to be. The Dutchman admitted in August that “the tank is empty.”

However, the 31-year-old is happy with his decision. “For the first time in my life I can fill in everything myself. I start with a completely blank page and where I’m going, I have no idea. And I’d like to leave it that way because it feels good.”

We wish you all the best in the world, Tom. Hope you’ll find your way back to the peloton one day!