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Tom Dumoulin thinks cycling has become too scientific: “I found cycling less fun, partly because of that”

Ten years ago, Argos-Shimano entered the WorldTour peloton with the ambition to leave his mark on the peloton. During the AD Sports Festival in Rotterdam, Tom Dumoulin looked back on the 2013 Tour de France during a special screening of the documentary ‘Nieuwe Helden’.

The Dutch formation of Iwan Spekenbrink won no fewer than four stages with talented riders and showed the skeptical public that success was also possible without doping. “We had the common goal to show that things can be done differently,” Dumoulin said, according to WielerFlits.


Debutant Dumoulin enjoyed the early years of his career the most. At the time, the Giro winner did not yet expect that he would reach the world top as a classification rider. “I wasn’t trying to become a classification rider at all. I have already done good time trials, I think I finished ninth in the 2013 Tour. So I could time trial well and go uphill, but I was not yet one of the better ones.”

Even just a Grand Tour stage seemed like a distant dream at the time. “I once hoped to win a stage in the Tour,” continues the former world time trial champion. “But I never would have imagined that I would later win the Giro d’Italia and come second in the Tour de France.”

According to Dumoulin, cycling has changed a lot since then. “We were very open-minded then. We started a new chapter in cycling. In fact, the wheel almost had to be reinvented. The doping past was just behind us then, now it is much further behind us. will probably not disappear completely anytime soon,” he indicates.

The former world time trial champion sees that the current cycling world is a lot more ‘clinical’ than it was then. “We are now very well developed with data, with nutrition, with all the dots and crosses of the i’s and that makes it even faster than before. With the speeds of those days you can no longer win the Tour. In the last few years that I cycled, I didn’t enjoy cycling as much, partly because of that.”