Tom Dumoulin announced his retirement at the end of the season. He said: "I have decided that 2022 will be my last year as a professional cyclist. Despite the results of the Olympics especially this year I have suffered a lot.
My body has felt tired and it still feels very tired. As soon as the workouts get more hard, I start to suffer and feel pain instead of improving my physical condition. I have decided to stop and no longer take the slow road to 100% recovery, but my season is not over.
I especially look at the World Championships in Australia where I hope to to offer the best of me in the time trial. I don't know what I will do after I stop racing, surely the love for bicycles and cycling remains intact.
I want to thank everyone for being close to me." The Dutch cyclist won Olympic silver in time trial in 2016 in Rio and Tokyo 2020, winner of the Giro d'Italia in 2017, and gold in individual and team time trials in 2017.
The last two seasons
After months of hiatus from racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dumoulin begins his 2020 racing season in August, first participating in the Tour de l'Ain and then in the Critérium du Dauphiné, a race that ends in seventh position also thanks to the fifth place obtained in the last stage in Megève.
At the end of August he kicks off the Tour de France as co-captain of the Jumbo-Visma together with Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk: during the race he stands out as the Slovenian's luxury wingman, who finishes second in the race, and gets to in turn the seventh place in the final classification, also thanks to the second place in the final time trial at Planche des Belles Filles.
After the Grande Boucle he participates in the world championships in Imola, finishing tenth in the time trial and fourteenth in the line, and in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which closes in twelfth place. He is then at the start of the Vuelta a España still in support of Roglič but soon breaks away from the best, thus choosing to retire before the eighth stage.
On January 23, 2021, after having already presented his racing program for the new season, he announces an indefinite stop to competitive activity, indicating the desire to take time for himself and evaluate his future as the cause.
After 5 months of hiatus he returns to racing in June, at the Tour de Suisse, where he gets a fifth place in the Andermatt final time trial. Three days later, he runs the time trial of the Dutch Road Cycling Championships, where he returns to victory almost three years later.
Selected by the Dutch national team, he participates in both Tokyo 2020 Olympic tests: in the time trial, he finishes second, behind Primož Roglič, repeating the silver of Rio 2016.