Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin will retire from professional cycling after the 2022 season, the former Giro d’ Italia champion announced on Friday.
Dumoulin, who currently races for Team Jumbo-Visma, won the Giro in 2017 while also claiming time trial silver medals at the Olympics in 2016 and 2020.
The 31-year-old, who finished second in the 2018 Tour de France, said he has had a frustrating year after suffering from “fatigue, aches and injuries”.
“For a while now there has been a disbalance between my 100 per cent dedication, everything I do and sacrifice for my sport and what I subsequently get out of it in return,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
“With a lot of patience and a very cautious (training) approach, I’m convinced that I could get back to my full potential on the bike.
“But that would be a long and patient road with no guarantee of success. I choose not to take that road, but to quit my active cycling instead and to take a new and unknown path.”
Dumoulin said September’s UCI Road World Championship in Australia will be his last time trial.