'A happy man goes a long way' – Tom Dumoulin returns to the Giro d'Italia

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) at the 2022 Giro d'Italia
Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) at the 2022 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Just when he thought he was out, it pulled him back in. A little over a year ago, when Tom Dumoulin embarked on a sabbatical from cycling, it was easy to assume that his career had come to an end.

The demands of competing at the top level had become increasingly extreme during his time in the peloton and, long before his decision to press pause, Dumoulin had openly questioned the essential absurdity of his profession. “You have to find new ways of smashing yourself and find new places of pain, and why do you do that?” he wondered aloud in an interview with Procycling in the spring of 2019.

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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.