Dumoulin: If you are not willing to lose, then you can’t win

The best-laid plans of mice and men, go oft awry, Scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote in his poem ‘To a Mouse’. Tom Dumoulin and his Giant-Alpecin team have been learning that this season after he was forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia on stage 11.

Dumoulin had hoped to complete the Italian race as part of his preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio this August. His abandon forced the team to make some slight changes to his programme and instead of racing in Italy he spent a few days recovering at home before heading out early for an altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada.

Cyclingnews caught up with Dumoulin a week into the three-week camp to discuss the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, Rio, and motorbike safety.


Cyclingnews: Obviously there is the altitude aspect of the training camp but do you have a particular focus for this training camp?

Tom Dumoulin: My focus here is on Rio especially. I’ll be doing the Tour and Rio, but Rio is more in my mind than the Tour. For both events I have to be climbing well because Rio is also quite hilly. That means being right and climbing well. I’ll be doing some TT training, a little bit of everything, but climbing is the main focus.

CN: How are you?

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