Teams & Riders Tom Dumoulin discussion thread

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This is surprising. This seems more mental than anything to do with his knee. I'm in the group that thinks it's unlikely he'll come back mostly because when athletes take time away at this type of stage in a career for non injury rehab reasons it's unlikely they ever come back. If it's depression or related, I hope he gets the help he needs.
 
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Tom is highly intelligent and a deep thinker, and even when he won the Giro he was a nervous wreck always thinking what can go wrong. I also believe his physical issue when he had to get of his bike was as much mental and stress related. There is now way he comes back, he started cycling at a late age and realized he is good at it, but he does not love it. He will enjoy his newfound freedom so much that he will never want to go back to the grinding and stress needed to win the Tour.

I agree with another poster that he is suffering from depression.
 
Sad situation. It's been clear that he was struggling mentally and physically since 2019. Tom is a very sensitive man, not a robot or a killer. He has brought a lot of joy to many Dutch like me, and others as well. Dutch cycling hero. Could have been a TdF winner. All the best to you Tom, hope you will feel better. Hope to see you back on two wheels, but if not, thanks for everything. (Btw no i do not expect him to read this)
 
He went to Jumbo team thinking it would be less pressure on him with other big Guns in the team. But he is Dutch and so is Jumbo and he got coCaptain spot quickly despite not the best form.

And then you see all the young talent beating even a robot Roglič (and you are way behind Roglič in training) and you simply loose passion. Tom could never be a Dom, he's a winner and was always a Captain. He probably did all the training this winter, came to training camp and saw reality.

It's a good call for him and disaster for Jumbo Visma. It's all on Roglič again and i don't expect K. will help in any capacity.
 
Sounds like Big Tom doing a Kittel?

I hope he’s doing what’s best for him, but it’s a shame to see him go.

After the Vuelta in 2015, if you told me he’d finish (and that’s most likely what’s happening here) his career with just 1 GT win, I’d have called that disappointing. And that he only gave the Tour one proper go for the GC (in 2018, and finished 2nd) is frustrating from the outside looking in.

As I said in a different thread, the TJV move never felt right to me. The switch from being the sole leader of a small team, to being a co-leader of a big team, isn’t less pressure. It’s still pressure, applied differently. I have no idea how much that relates to his decision now.
 
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As I do not have the access to Tom to know why he is stepping back that some here appear to have. I would just like to thank him for giving us all some fantastic racing conducting himself as a gentleman and giving me and millions of others so much pleasure, I hope he comes back to racing but most of all I hope he is happy.
 
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He went to Jumbo team thinking it would be less pressure on him with other big Guns in the team. But he is Dutch and so is Jumbo and he got coCaptain spot quickly despite not the best form.

And then you see all the young talent beating even a robot Roglič (and you are way behind Roglič in training) and you simply loose passion. Tom could never be a Dom, he's a winner and was always a Captain. He probably did all the training this winter, came to training camp and saw reality.

It's a good call for him and disaster for Jumbo Visma. It's all on Roglič again and i don't expect K. will help in any capacity.
Yeah the numbers probably just aren't there and he can't face having to do a season similar to last year's where he started races hoping to be the leader and then just fading badly or being DNF.

It's really sad because he has to love cycling to be where he's at and he could certainly have a very satisfying and lucrative role as a super dom, not everyone has what it takes to win GTs and stay at the top. Those who've been following cycling for a while will likely remember Jeff Bernard who looked like Hinault's heir having done a first great tour in 1986 and then nearly won it in 1987 after a phenomal ITT on the Ventoux where he obliterated the competition. Bad luck and poor decisions the next day made him lose it. He tried again until 1990 (was in contention for the Giro in 1988 before he nearly froze in the snow) and then...decided he'd enough shouldering such responsibilities and failing and went on to ride for Miguel Indurain, playing a big part years 4 of his TDF victories (Gérard Rué was impressive too). Now he's still in cycling and is a pundit of sorts.

I suppose he just doesn't have it in him to get over that reality that he's not the best and it doesn't bode well for his future endeavors...
 
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Cant find any thread in the right subforum so im just going to post it hete.

Anyone thinking that it might be clinic related? just like Menchov retired out of nowhere after Paris Nice, and it was swept under the rug, came out a year later though.

I like the guy Hope he Will return
 
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Sounds like Big Tom doing a Kittel?

I hope he’s doing what’s best for him, but it’s a shame to see him go.

After the Vuelta in 2015, if you told me he’d finish (and that’s most likely what’s happening here) his career with just 1 GT win, I’d have called that disappointing. And that he only gave the Tour one proper go for the GC (in 2018, and finished 2nd) is frustrating from the outside looking in.

As I said in a different thread, the TJV move never felt right to me. The switch from being the sole leader of a small team, to being a co-leader of a big team, isn’t less pressure. It’s still pressure, applied differently. I have no idea how much that relates to his decision now.
Equally, it was clear he was mistreated by Subweb regarding his injury in 2019 which prompted him racing injured, which extended how long it took him to get back - arguably he never did even through 2020. That's a long time to be chasing fitness, and it's a hard enough game without the weight of the world (read: Dutch press) on your shoulders.

Wish him all the best for the future.
 
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Cant find any thread in the right subforum so im just going to post it hete.

Anyone thinking that it might be clinic related? just like Menchov retired out of nowhere after Paris Nice, and it was swept under the rug, came out a year later though.

I like the guy Hope he Will return
I'm not insinuating anything as I don't know anything...

But late december dutch TV aired a documentary where Dumoulin raised doubts about his performance in the Tour, reportedly saying "I'm having a hard time understanding. I don't see how I could have gone 90" faster".

(sorry, source is in french, couldn't find a report in english)

I was disturbed by this comment because it was very similar to the comments Greg LeMond had made after the Luxembourg ITT in the 1992 Tour de France regarding Indurain.

I don't know if Dumoulin doubted his own abilities or other rider's and how much of a factor it was in his decision but... it seems likely this disbelief had an impact on him.
 
I'm not insinuating anything as I don't know anything...

But late december dutch TV aired a documentary where Dumoulin raised doubts about his performance in the Tour, reportedly saying "I'm having a hard time understanding. I don't see how I could have gone 90" faster".

(sorry, source is in french, couldn't find a report in english)

I was disturbed by this comment because it was very similar to the comments Greg LeMond had made after the Luxembourg ITT in the 1992 Tour de France regarding Indurain.

I don't know if Dumoulin doubted his own abilities or other rider's and how much of a factor it was in his decision but... it seems likely this disbelief had an impact on him.
I disagree getting beaten by Pogacar in the Tour ITT had anything to do with it. He was struggling tremendously way before that happened. His comments are in to show the disbelief at Pogacars performance, in turn defending their own tactics up til that point in the race.
 
Why are you guys dancing around the bush like that? Dumolin pulled his best watts eve rin the PDB TT yet he wasnt competetive to someone like Pogacar. he knows that the pace in in cycling ha sgone up dramatically ove rthe last year and to win something hell have to go Thermonuclear. He doesnt want to take that risk and so he considers rertiring as riding a s a domestique isnt attractive to him.
If that was the reason then why not stay one more year and get that money which is so lucrative. Just because you have a personality that cannot accept losing, it is not a good reason for not staying one more year with that salary. Depression and other related issues are a good reason for stopping. You just literally cannot push the pedals anymore.
Now if he has been warned about something else, then that is also a good reason for quitting.
 
If that was the reason then why not stay one more year and get that money which is so lucrative. Just because you have a personality that cannot accept losing, it is not a good reason for not staying one more year with that salary. Depression and other related issues are a good reason for stopping. You just literally cannot push the pedals anymore.
Now if he has been warned about something else, then that is also a good reason for quitting.
I watched "Code Yellow", i.e. the Dutch behind the scenes documentary at the Tour De France within the Jumbo team which aired in December.

Week one was literally the Tom Dumoulin meltdown show, i.e. he was constantly unhappy; notably at team tactics (which forced him to even apologize to Tony Martin in a team briefing after complaining in the stage the day before), his position on the bike which he constantly moaned about (which even prompted Grischa Niermann i.e. the Jumbo sporting director to suggest it's "in his head" at one point), he complained about Wout drilling it too hard (on the stage which Roglic won) & then broke down in tears on the Pyrenean stage in which he disobeyed team orders. And then in the Vuelta (in which he was supposedly co-leader), he quit after one week when it became clear he'd be Roglic's domestique again.

So anyone who has followed Jumbo pretty closely over the past year won't be surprised by this latest bit of drama, although the timing (i.e. literally one day after Dumoulin himself was interviewed about his season's plans) was really "odd". I'm thinking something happened behind the scenes & we'll never really find out. In any case, I don't really see a way back for him now.
 
Thanks for the information. I didn't watch "Code Yellow", but it sounds like he has some issues. He probably stresses out too much with cycling. That will harm your performance that's for sure.
I think that it would be better for him to forget about riding gc in a gt, if he returns to road cyling.
I get the feeling that he'd be a lot happier if he'd focus on stage hunting, TTs, shorter stage races and maybe also one day races.
That said, can't blame him. He has made seven figures for few years, so he should have enough money on the side, being happy and your mental health is probably more important to him.
 
I think that it would be better for him to forget about riding gc in a gt, if he returns to road cyling.
I get the feeling that he'd be a lot happier if he'd focus on stage hunting, TTs, shorter stage races and maybe also one day races.
That said, can't blame him. He has made seven figures for few years, so he should have enough money on the side, being happy and your mental health is probably more important to him.
also, if he comes back will he still race with Jumbo? I don´t know..
 
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