'The last months have not been fun': Dumoulin opens up on difficult decision to leave Sunweb

Sunweb have described the decision to mutually terminate the Dutchman's contract as 'unique' in cycling

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After his heavily rumoured transfer from Sunweb to Jumbo-Visma went through, Tom Dumoulin has opened up on how things had not felt right for a while, necessitating a need for him to leave the German team mid-contract.

"I had been walking around for a long time with the feeling that things were not going so well anymore," Dumoulin said. "I couldn't get the best out of myself and we couldn't make each other better."

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