The main goal is later this year, but Tom Dumoulin would have wanted to take the title for the fifth time in his last appearance at the Dutch time trial championship. But Bach Mollema surprisingly chased him into Emmanuel on Wednesday. “There are still some good matches to come,” Limburger looked ahead from Jumbo-Wisma. Dumoulin will stop cycling this fall.
At the World Cup in Wollongong, Australia, Dumoulin (31) sees a good end. “I drove my first World Championship in Australia as U23. I remember that very well,” he said after a somewhat disappointing match. “I’m still second, aren’t I?”, He laughed. But a back injury forced Giro d’Italia to die early on, which prevented a good preparation. “I hoped you could recover well with two weeks’ rest, and hope there will be more here. But if you can not fully train you will immediately lose your position. In fact you are deceiving yourself.”
Plan to ride the Polish tour and the Benelux tour towards the World Cup. Now that the last game has been canceled, another project is being sought. Time testing is also an option at the European Championships in Munich. “But it is also possible that during that period I will prepare myself for the heights of the World Cup.”
He often realizes that he is in his final months as a cycling expert. “Recharging is not a problem. I’m focused today too. I announced I would stop, but I want to end my life well. I have not left the reins yet.”
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