Tom Dumoulin   
Tom Dumoulin
COUNTRY
The Netherlands
Residence
Maastricht, the Netherlands
Riders Type
Time trial / hills / GC
Favourite Giant Bike
Trinity
Pro Since
2012
2016 Race Kms
11559
2016 Race Days
77
ABOUT Tom Dumoulin

Toms family wasn’t involved in cycling and when he was younger, football was his sport of choice. When Dumoulin couldn’t progress any further with his football team he decided to find something else that he was good at. Initially running was his new sport but after getting on a bike with some friends, he soon realised that cycling was his new forte. He was a natural and he had the passion needed to become one of the most talented riders of his generation.

Whilst Dumoulin was part of the Rabobank Development Team, he learned very quickly and needed something new to challenge him. In 2012 he became a pro at the team, after he was drawn for the study Medicine. His joining was the start of a successful career as a professional cyclist.

Dumoulin is one of the world’s best time trial specialists. Outside of cycling he is laid back, but when it comes to time trials he controls every detail. A time trial is like a science for Tom and every part of it is tested to become perfect: aerodynamics, posture, material, clothing, nutrition, preparations. All of the teams coaches, riders and fans in cycling are in agreement that watching Dumoulin in a time trial is like looking at an art masterpiece.

Tom is only the fifth Dutchman to have won stages in all three Great Tours. The talented rider has also worn the leaders jersey at the Giro and Vuelta. A personal highlight of his was his win at the ninth stage of the Vuelta in 2015, where he countered Chris Froome and Joaquim Rodriquez in a way many have rarely seen. He almost won the GC of this Vuelta but unfortunately, shortly before the end of the Vuelta Tom lost his red jersey and finished sixth – but he showed a significant breakthrough as a GC rider.

2016 was also a successful year for Dumoulin, despite some setbacks. In the Dutch city of Apeldoorn, he won the prologue of the Giro and wore the pink jersey in his own country. After six days in the jersey he was forced to quit the Giro due to injury.

In the Tour de France his strength was shown in his winning of two stages. His attack and solo finish on the Andorra Arcalis was legendary. Not only was this the Queen Stage, but there were also extreme weather conditions in the final part of that stage. Five days later Tom also won the individual time trial. Not long after this win he crashed and broke his wrist, only three weeks before the Olympic time trial in Rio. Winning silver behind Cancellara, Dumoulin demonstrated his determination, willpower and talent. He later became ‘Dutch Cyclist of the Year’ for the third time in a row, not a surprising victory considering his incredible year on the bike.

Tom Dumoulin is proud of his developments over the past few years. “It would be nice to experience these wins again but I have some new and different goals for next year, I want to invest in myself to become a better GC-rider. This could impact my time trial, but I hope to become strong on both sides. I always set my goals high, but ensure my expectations remain realistic.” This year Dumoulin’s focus is on the Giro. “I’m looking forward to its 100th edition with steep climbs and a lot of time trial-kilometres. I don’t have high aspirations for the general classification this year. I hope to improve on my skills as a GC rider, but it will take more time to get to the top.” 

"My goals are high, but my expectations are realistic."


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