Tom Dumoulin reveals he was considering retirement before Tour de France 2020 

The Dutch star has had a rough two seasons with injury, illness and the coronavirus pandemic 

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Tom Dumoulin has revealed he considered retirement before the Tour de France 2020.

The Jumbo-Visma rider has battled back from injury, illness and kept his motivation through the coronavirus pandemic to become one of the key figures in this year’s Tour.

But Dumoulin has revealed he considered leaving the sport earlier this year, when he thought he had lost another season to bad luck.

The Dutchman told broadcaster (opens in new tab) Nos: “I had a terrible time after my knee injury. Then my intestinal complaints, which I got over in the spring and then coronavirus. I can say I was closer to stopping than continuing”.”

Dumoulin’s misfortunes started early in the 2019 season when he crashed out of Giro d’Italia in the first week, suffering a knee injury that would take him out for the rest of the season.

After finally recovering from the knee wound, Dumoulin was ready to start his 2020 season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February, but was forced to pull out on the eve of the race after he was diagnosed with stomach parasites. 

When he finally recovered from the illness, the UCI suspended all racing due to coronavirus and it was unclear when racing would return. 

Dumoulin didn’t race for more than a year, but still finished seventh in the 2020 Tour de France, working as a key lieutenant for Primož Roglič, and finished second in the stage 20 time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.

 Dumoulin said: “From May I tried to pick up the thread again. I love cycling and I started working for the Tour. In the preparation it went better and better, but to this day I am not comfortable on the bike. It is not the feeling that I am looking for, but I am still proud that I have finished seventh. ” 

The 29-year-old is now considering his chances in the World Championships time trial on Friday (September 25), but says he will see how he feels.

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He added: “It has been quite a lot and I don't want to overload myself and take that into next year. I'm going to have a nice rest and then you will see me again in Imola.”  

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Alex Ballinger
Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.