4:42 p.m. – December 23, 2020
In taking stock of his 2020 season, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (30) swept away all retirement rumors, while turning to the year 2021, with a certain ambition.
Now is the time to take stock. Only a few weeks after the end of this 2020 road cycling season, a season necessarily special due to the coronavirus pandemic, which still continues to rage throughout the world today, the big names in the peloton continue to take stock of their individual performance. This is particularly the case for a certain Tom Dumoulin. In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, the rider of the Jumbo-Visma training, now 30 years old, took the opportunity to sweep away all the rumors that said he was close to retirement : “I want to immediately challenge those who supported the idea of a possible retirement. I never seriously considered the possibility of ending my career. Thoughts like these come to your mind during hard times and yes there have been. Anyone in my situation would have had them. Chris Froome too will have had these thoughts in the worst periods of his career. “
Dumoulin: “Proud but also disappointed with my season”
Yet his 2020 season was ultimately not as good as he hoped: “I’m very happy to be back, but it didn’t go as I hoped. I am proud but also disappointed with my season. I rode at a good level, although I hoped to be able to ride exceptionally and to be at the top of the classification. “With particular regrets more particularly for his Tour de France 2020:” It was too early for me and with my preparation a little too “fair ?? I couldn’t follow. “The year 2020 is now behind him and Tom Dumoulin looks to 2021, with rather high ambitions:” I think the combination of the Tour de France with the Olympic Games is possible and I want to be among the best. The time trial at the Games will be my main goal. The Tour route is very interesting, there will be two individual time trials. I think the Tour-Olympics combination is possible. Take Wout van Aert for example, he spent three weeks on the Tour and then raced at the highest level at the world championships. There will be the problem of the jet lag and there will certainly be runners who will think exclusively about the Games. From that point of view, a combination between the Giro and the Games could be better, I admit. “