Tom Dumoulin has determined to take a break from skilled biking.
The 30-year-old instructed Jumbo-Visma administration on the workforce’s coaching camp in Alicante, Spain, final night time, and can take unpaid go away for an indefinite interval.
In line with De Limburger, the Dutchman has been sad as a bicycle owner for a 12 months and needs to take trip to consider his future and whether or not he needs to proceed his profession as knowledgeable bicycle owner.
This choice comes as a shock, with Dumoulin saying in a launched interview on the coaching camp this week that he was wanting ahead to returning to the cobbled Classics this coming season.
“We’ve got determined to alter my schedule a bit for this spring. We’re going to trip cobblestones for as soon as, that’s enjoyable,” he stated.
“I all the time assume spring is a really stunning interval. Everybody, together with myself, is raring to get began once more. I’ve to confess that by way of outcomes it has by no means been my greatest interval. This will probably be my 10th skilled 12 months and I’ve by no means actually shone within the spring. I hope and assume yearly that it’s going to work out this 12 months. I’m going for it once more.”
After a tough remaining 2019 season with Sunweb, the place damage pressured him to desert the Giro d’Italia and subsequently miss the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and World Street Championships, Dumoulin transferred to Jumbo-Visma.
In his first season with the Dutch workforce, Dumoulin rode to seventh general on the Tour de France, having given up on his personal GC ambitions midway via the race and driving in assist of Primož Roglič. Dumoulin completed second behind Tadej Pogačar on the stage 20 time trial the place his team-mate misplaced the yellow jersey to the youthful Slovenian.