7 September 2015
Tom Dumoulin. He was born on the 11th of November, 1990. He was raised in Maastricht, a city in the south of the Netherlands. He comes from a non-cycling family, and started with cycling at the age of 15. In 2009, he started with the study health sciences, but he soon realised that he wanted to focus on cycling and he dropped out. In 2010, he was the overall winner of the GP de Portugal and he won the time trial in the ‘Baby Giro’. The next year he moved to the Rabobank Continental Team. The Rabobank Proteam thought that he wasn’t ready to become a professional rider, so he moved to Team Giant-Alpecin (back then Argos-Shimano) in 2012. In this team, they gave him the freedom to fully focus on his time trial skills and to explore his talent. In 2013, the team was handed a wildcard for the Tour de France and Dumoulin made it to the team. It was a good first Tour for the rider. He showed himself in a few breakaways, rode two good individual time trials and discovered that he was a good climber too. Later that year, he became 2nd in the Eneco Tour and stated afterwards that one of his ambitions was to win one of the Grand Tours in the future. He said that this could possibly be one of his goals in 2015. 2014 was another good year for Dumoulin. He became fifth in the Tour du Suisse and third in the Eneco Tour. In the Tour de France, he finished 2nd in the individual time trial, behind Tony Martin. At the World Championships he won the bronze medal in the individual time trial. His main focus in 2015 lay on the prologue of the Tour de France. Dumoulin’s goal was to win the prologue in Utrecht and take the yellow jersey. With two time trial wins in the Tour du Suisse, Dumoulin was full of confidence. But it turned into a huge disappointment. Dumoulin finished fourth in the prologue. He wanted to attack the yellow jersey in the third stage, but he was involved in a massive crash that day and therefore he had to abandon the Tour. He recovered fast from a fracture in his shoulder, and made it back in time to start in the Vuelta. He almost took the second stage, but Esteban Chaves won the sprint in the uphill finish. He took over the red jersey after stage five, but he lost it a day later to Chaves again. His revenge came in the ninth stage, when he won the stage and took back the red jersey again. However, he lost the jersey to Fabio Aru only two days later.
Nevertheless, he showed courage in the mountains and he did not loose much time there. This Wednesday is the time trial. Other riders are scared of Dumoulin, scared that he will ride a hell of a ride. Scared that he will take over the red jersey again. That he will win his first Grand Tour. One of his ambitions. Tom Dumoulin. He is on his way to become Holland’s new hope.