Tom Dumoulin: I really need the time to get things clear in my head

Tour de France 2020 - 107th Edition - 16th stage Grenoble - Meribel - Col de la Loze 170 km - 16/09/2020 - Tom Dumoulin (NED - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo POOL/BettiniPhoto©2020
Tom Dumoulin during the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tom Dumoulin has given more insight and reasoning for his decision to step away from his career with immediate effect and take time away from the sport. The former Giro d’Italia winner announced on Saturday that he and his Jumbo-Visma team had decided he would take an unspecified break from cycling and that the 30-year-old would take unpaid leave with immediate effect.

The announcement came as a surprise, not least because just 24 hours earlier Dumoulin had been announced as a co-leader for the cobbled Classics and the Tour de France. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.