Tom Dumoulin has retired from professional cycling, announcing the end of his career with immediate effect on Monday.
The Dutchman, who won the Giro d’Italia and time trial world title in 2017, was set to hang up his wheels at the end of this year but has now brought that forward.
"I decided to quit professional cycling with immediate effect," Dumoulin said in a statement.
"I notice that I can’t do it anymore. The tank is empty, the legs feel heavy and the training sessions are not working out as I hoped."
Dumoulin has flirted with retirement since taking unpaid leave to take time away from the sport at the start of 2021. He returned that summer to win the Dutch time trial title and the win the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, but his passion for life as a professional cyclist never truly reignited.
After abandoning the Giro d’Italia with back problems, Dumoulin announced at the start of June that he would call it quits at the end of the season, setting himself one final goal to work towards, the time trial at the World Championships in Australia in September. That, however, proved one step too far.
"About two months ago I announced that I would retire as a professional cyclist at the end of the year. During last spring, despite my love for the bike, I noticed that things weren’t going how I wanted. I felt that I was ready for a new phase in my life. But, I […]