Former cyclist Marcel Kittel sympathizes with Tom Dumoulin, who announced on Saturday that he would take a break in his cycling career. “I know how difficult it is when you have doubts about what you are doing. Hopefully Tom will find answers soon,” the German responds on Instagram.
Kittel was very successful as a sprinter for a long time, including 14 victories in the Tour de France. He also announced a temporary break two years ago. The now 32-year-old Kittel decided to stop permanently a few months later.
Kittel was Dumoulin’s team mate at Argos-Shimano, Giant-Shimano and Giant-Alpecin, which later became Team Sunweb. “I’ve always admired Tom Dumoulin for his strength,” he says. “On the bike when we were team mates and won Tour stages together. Besides the bike for his clear opinion and honest criticism.”
“Of course it is sad to see that Tom is now taking a break”, says Kittel. “But he stays true to himself by taking the time he needs to figure out who he is and what he wants. I know it’s going to be a big journey for Tom with an uncertain destination. But it’s also a very long one. important life lesson. From my own experience I know what it feels like and how difficult it is when you have doubts about what you are doing and want to look beyond your current life and identity. I hope that Tom finds answers to that soon. time I wish Tom the same strength that he had on the bike. I wish that strength for everyone who is in the same situation and is trying to find out more about his or her own identity. “
The 30-year-old Dumoulin decided on Saturday, in consultation with his Jumbo-Visma team, to take unpaid leave for an indefinite period. The former winner of the Tour of Italy left the training camp of Team Jumbo-Visma in Alicante, Spain, to think about his cycling future at home.
“I made the decision on Friday. And the team supports me in that and it feels really good. It really is as if a 100 kilo backpack has gone off my shoulders. I immediately woke up completely cheerful. I’ve finally made the decision: I’m really going to take some time for myself. That says enough “, said Dumoulin.