A reluctant spokesman: Tom Dumoulin adapts to his new status

With great success comes even greater scrutiny. Fresh from a 2017 season that yielded Giro d'Italia victory and a rainbow jersey, these days Tom Dumoulin can scarcely make it as far as his local supermarket without it becoming an event of sorts. The Netherlands had been waiting a long, long time – 37 years, to be precise – for a Grand Tour winner, and so it was perhaps only to be expected that Dumoulin would attain level of celebrity more usually accorded to the nation's footballers.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.