‘A happy man goes a long way’ – Tom Dumoulin returns to the Giro d’Italia

Just when he thought he was out, it pulled him back in. A little over a year ago, when Tom Dumoulin embarked on a sabbatical from cycling, it was easy to assume that his career had come to an end.

The demands of competing at the top level had become increasingly extreme during his time in the peloton and, long before his decision press to pause, Dumoulin had openly questioned the essential absurdity of his profession. “You have to find new ways of smashing yourself and find new places of pain, and why do you do that?” he wondered aloud in an interview with Procycling in the spring of 2019.

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