Tom Dumoulin retires: "The tank is empty"



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Tom Dumoulin retires: "The tank is empty"

Tom Dumoulin, winner of the Giro d'Italia in 2017 and world time trial champion in the same year, has announced that he is retiring from cycling. He wrote on Twitter "I have decided to quit pro cycling with immediate effect."

The Jumbo-Visma runner, silver medalist in the time trial last year at the Tokyo Olympics, had already announced his retirement at the beginning of 2021. A few months later, however, he resumed running and won the silver medal in the time trial at the Tokyo Games, repeating the second place of the Rio Olympics in 2016, always in the challenge against time.

The last two years of career

After months of hiatus from racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dumoulin begins its 2020 racing season in August, first participating in the Tour de l'Ain and then in the Critérium du Dauphiné, a race that ends in seventh position also thanks to the fifth place obtained in the last stage in Megève.

At the end of August he starts the Tour de France as co-captain of the Jumbo-Visma together with Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk. During the race he stands out as the luxury wingman of the Slovenian, who finishes second in the race, and in turn gets seventh in the final classification, also thanks to the second place in the final time trial at Planche des Belles Filles.

After the Grande Boucle he participates in the world championships in Imola, finishing tenth in the time trial and fourteenth in the line, and in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which closes in twelfth place. He is then at the start of the Vuelta a España still in support of Roglic, but soon breaks away from the best, thus choosing to retire before the eighth fraction.

On January 23, 2021, after having already presented his racing program for the new season, he announces an indefinite stop to competitive activity, indicating the desire to take time for himself and evaluate his future as the cause.

After 5 months of hiatus he returns to racing in June, at the Tour de Suisse, where he gets a fifth place in the Andermatt final time trial. Three days later, he runs the time trial of the Dutch Road Cycling Championships, where he returns to victory almost three years later.

Selected by the Dutch national team, he participates in both Tokyo 2020 Olympic tests: in the time trial, he finishes second, behind Primož Roglič, winning the Rio 2016 silver. In 2022 he took part in the Giro d'Italia, which ended with the withdrawal at the 14th stage. Subsequently he announces his intention to retire from competitive activity at the end of the year.