“I’m on the bike with so much pain. I am so cramped on my bike. I’m in pain everywhere “, grumbled Dumoulin after the eighth stage to Loudenvielle, in which he sacrificed himself for leader Primoz Roglic.
The 30-year-old Dutchman, who returned in competition after a period of 420 days in August, could not find his ideal position on the bike. He decided to take the lead out of frustration and pain.
“I just started to hit the head, that was of course not smart at all”, he admitted to the caretaker in images that were recorded by documentary maker Kees Jongkind. “That was just stupid, it was of no use to us.”
Dumoulin finished seventh in the Tour, almost eight minutes behind overall winner Tadej Pogacar.
Saddle pain played tricks on Dumoulin during the Tour: “I just started to hit the head” | Cycling
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