“Empty and with heavy legs”, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo Voysama), will not be “the butterfly of Maastricht” forever. The 2017 Giro d’Italia winner and world time trial champion has decided to hang on to the bike at the age of 31., Without enthusiasm, physically and mentally exhausted, one of the best cyclists of the last decade bid farewell to cycling.
When he got off the bike at the Clasica di San Sebastian on July 30, no one thought Dumoulin was saying goodbye as a professional cyclist. His goals pointed to the Antipodes, to Australia, where he would play the World Cup in September.
But the surprise came with an announcement on Twitter last Monday, which was overwhelming and certain.
“I can’t take it anymore. The tank is empty, the legs are heavy, I can’t take it anymore. The workouts aren’t working out as expected. After a huge drop in training last September, something broke again.” I had to stop my efforts to get back my old form and face another disappointment. It was another disappointment,” he explained.
dumoulin Having suspended his professional career for the first time in early 2021, he was exhausted. He won an Olympic silver medal in the Tokyo Time Trials And at the Giro he was very disappointed by his retirement at the fourteenth stage.
No longer wanting to test his physique and his head, Dumoulin decided to say goodbye to cycling, which he debuted in the ranks of Rabobank Continental in 2011.
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