Two-time Olympic silver medallist and former Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin will retire from skilled biking on the finish of this season, the Dutch bike owner introduced on Friday.
Generally known as a proficient time-trialist and mountain climber, Dumoulin final month dropped out of the Giro – Italy’s most iconic race – saying then he felt “empty and completed”.
“I made a decision that 2022 can be my final yr as an expert bike owner,” Dumoulin wrote on social media, after experiencing a “troublesome yr” in 2020 during which he “acquired overtrained and burned out.”
The 31-year-old Dutchman mentioned regardless of getting back from the burnout to win Olympic silver in July 2021, “my physique felt drained and nonetheless feels drained.”
“As quickly because the load in coaching or races will get greater, I endure from fatigue, aches and accidents as an alternative of bettering,” he mentioned on his Fb web page and Instagram account.
“The hassle in coaching did typically not result in the specified performances.
“For some time now there was a disbalance between my 100 p.c dedication, the whole lot I do and sacrifice for my sport and what I subsequently get out of it in return,” Dumoulin added.
Since competing professionally in 2010, the Maastricht-born Dumoulin put collectively a string of successes together with profitable the Giro d’Italia in 2017 — an achievement for which he acquired a knighthood within the Netherlands.
That very same yr Dumoulin additionally received gold within the UCI Street World Championships males’s time trial and workforce time trial in Bergen.
The yr earlier than he received a silver medal within the particular person time trial on the 2016 Summer time Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
One among his finest performances got here in 2018, when he completed runner-up to Geraint Thomas within the Tour de France two months after ending second within the Giro.
However the rider suffered a disastrous crash within the fourth stage of the 2019 Giro and ultimately completed it 4 minutes in arrears of lots of the different favourites.
Saying the ache, together with an injured knee, was too extreme to proceed he then withdrew shortly after the beginning of the fifth stage.
Dumoulin mentioned a troublesome yr adopted in 2020 and “on the finish of 2020, starting of 2021 I used to be solely a shadow of myself and thus had the time to take a break from biking and take into consideration my future.”
Dumoulin mentioned after some time he determined to proceed along with his biking profession, primarily as a result of the Tokyo Olympic Video games was approaching “and I did not need to miss out on the chance.”
“Since that autumn in 2020 I sometimes was nonetheless capable of present my skills on the bike, final yr’s silver medal being absolutely the spotlight,” Dumoulin mentioned.
Dumoulin mentioned he’ll proceed with the Jumbo-Visma workforce for the subsequent few months and “particularly sit up for the World Championships in Australia the place I hope to get the most effective out of myself and the time trial one final time.”
He added that he has not but made any determination about his future.
“However I do know my love for the bike will at all times maintain me related to the world of biking, a method or one other,” Dumoulin mentioned.