Dumoulin reveals his desire to return came from Amstel Gold Race visit

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)
Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images)

In January, Tom Dumoulin started an open-ended leave of absence from cycling, saying he needed to 'get things clear in my head about what I want' after years of struggling to live up to the promise his 2017 Giro d'Italia victory brought. But in recent weeks, the Dutch star has put a comeback plan in the works. In a press conference on Monday, Dumoulin outlined his objectives and explained how he found his path back to pro cycling with an unannounced visit to Amstel Gold Race in April.

"In Amstel Gold Race I really felt the itch again. I thought it was really cool there, and discovered that I thought professional cycling was a very cool world. A few days after Amstel, I had an exploratory conversation with Richard Plugge and indicated that the Olympic Games were still in the back of my mind," Dumoulin said according to Wielerflits.nl.

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