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Re: Man Down injury reports 2021 season
« on: January 23, 2021, 19:13 »
No injury but a bit of a shocker.

Tom Dumoulin calls time (temporary?....) on his career:

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/tom-dumoulin-puts-career-on-hold-and-leaves-jumbo-visma-training-camp/

Ray Kerckhoffs in Wielerflits says it has been building up since his Giro win in 2017.

https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/de-denker-in-tom-dumoulin-strijdt-al-jaren-met-zijn-twijfels/

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Tom Dumoulin has actually been fighting these doubts since his victory in the Giro d'Italia in 2017. The moment he booked the best victory of his career, he was very happy from the sporting aspect. However, he also changed his familiar life, because he after 28 th May as the champion had to go through life. His changed status was something he didn't want and never started cycling for. The popularity could be stolen from him. As a human being, the 'maglia rosa' even made him partly unhappy.

Since then he has been struggling with the question whether cycling still brings him the desired pleasure. He loves the game to play for the top-tier prizes, but he denounces the level of expectation and pressure placed on him for any match

+ his divorce from Sunweb (frustrations that the team management did not respond to certain wishes and his point of view)

+ knee injury at the 2019 Giro and then 240 days without racing

+ switched to Jumbo which changed some things for the better, but the expectations were greater?

+ a saddle sore at last year's Tour and then bursting into tears post-stage (the one where he rode pointlessly hard for Roglic) which was caught on the NOS cameras for their documentary - Code Yellow[1].
 1. I haven't seen it, but a quick google says "The documentary makes it look like Dumoulin was complaining nonstop and the DS's hated it"
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