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Globe Live Media, Monday, January 25, 2021
The news of the temporary withdrawal of Tom Dumoulin left the cycling world in shock this Saturday seeing one of the great figures of the peloton take some time off to reflect on his future.
Through an episode similar to the one that is happening Dumoulin went through one of the great sprinters of recent years, the German Marcel Kittel, who through his Instagram account wanted to send a message of strength and encouragement to his former teammate on the Giant-Shimano.
Kittel highlighted Dumoulin’s great strength both on and off the bike. “I have always admired Tom Dumoulin for his strength on the bike when we were teammates and we won Tour de France stages together. And also off the bike for his clear opinion and honest criticism.
The German acknowledges that this temporary withdrawal of Dumoulin is sad and gave as an example his own case, when he left the peloton to think about his future, and wishes that Dumoulin soon find the answers about his future. “Of course it is sad to see that he will now take time off cycling, but he stays true to himself to take the time he needs to find out who he is and what he wants. I know from personal experience what it feels like and how difficult it is when you are doubting what you are doing and want to look beyond your current life and identity. Only time will give you the answers and I hope Tom will find them soon. “
Finally Kittel admits that Dumoulin faces an unknown adventure but asks him to maintain his strength to find his way that will make him regain the illusion in his life. “Until then I wish you to maintain the same strength that you have had on the bicycle in this part of your career and also to all those who are in the same situation and they try to learn more about their own identity. I know it’s a great journey with an uncertain destination but also it’s an important life lesson once you find that inner compass again, to recalibrate and head in that future direction. “
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