Tom Dumoulin has revealed he will return to aim for the general classification of a Grand Tour in 2022 but did not say if he will aim for the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France or the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a.
The 31-year-old Dutchman decided to retire from the sport in the first months of 2021 to focus on his personal well-being. However, he returned to the Tour de Suisse race in preparation for the time trial at the Tokyo Olympics and won a silver medal behind his teammate Jumbo-Visma PrimoÅ¾ RogliÄ.
A broken wrist kept him from competing at the World Championships in Belgium, but he is fully focused on the 2022 season and recently attended the Jumbo-Visma training camp near Girona, Spain.
RogliÄ has signed a new contract with Jumbo-Visma which runs until 2025 and he is likely to lead the Tour de France squad as he pursues a hitherto elusive overall victory, while Jonas Vingegaard could lead Jumbo- Visma at the Giro d ‘Italia before racing the Tour to support RogliÄ.
Dumoulin could return to the Giro d’Italia, a race he won in 2017, but could also be tempted to rebuild his form in 2022 and then aim for the Vuelta. This year’s race starts in the Netherlands and features both a team time trial and an individual time trial which could help Dumoulin make up for lost time in the rugged mountains.
âWe have talked about it a lot in the team in recent months. I think driving a ranking is very special. This is the ultimate challenge, the pinnacle of cycling, “Dumoulin said in an interview with the Dutch newspaper. From Telegraaf.
âThese tops are what motivates me. Not just that, of course. The fun should always be there, but without those highlights, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much. “
Dumoulin hasn’t raced a Grand Tour since 2020 when he finished seventh overall in the Tour de France, then dropped out of the Vuelta early due to fatigue. He is convinced that he is ready to return to the most demanding races in the sport.
âI think it’s special to have this opportunity, and it’s cool that I can do it well. It doesn’t matter how hard it is because there is a lot of stress and pressure. But when I look back on my career so far, these are precisely the times when you perform at your peak under difficult circumstances are most special. “
Dumoulin admitted he felt tired, overtrained and miserable around this time last year. He finally announced his decision to take a break at the start of Jumbo-Visma camp last January. Now he’s much more motivated and ready to take on the younger generation of runners who have recently emerged.
âLast year, in December, I noticed that the feelings were not good, I was overtrained and very tired. Now I feel fit and comfortable in my own skin, âhe said.
âI just think it’s great that every year a few of these kids join us. It’s even more difficult to get a good ranking, but for cycling it’s great.
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