Tom Dumoulin could be close to breaking his contract with Jumbo-Visma to switch to Team BikeExchange in 2022, according to a report from The team.
The Dutch star still has a contract until next season but could be on his way to Australia’s side under Simon Yates and Michael Matthews next year.
The Giant bicycle brand is a way forward for the deal, according to the report, and Weekly Cycling understands that the Taiwanese manufacturer is likely to replace Bianchi as BikeExchange’s bicycle supplier for next season. Giant does not currently have a WorldTour partner after leaving the top level of cycling following the collapse of the CCC team last year. Premier Tech could also join us as a co-sponsor of BikeExchange after terminating an agreement with Astana this year.
Dumoulin has a long history with Giant, achieving his greatest victories while riding with the Giant-Shimano team and the Sunweb team. He won his only world time trial title aboard the brand’s time trial bike in 2017, having already won his first and only Grand Tour that year, the Giro d’Italia, ahead of Nairo Quintana. He also won stages in all three Grand Tours riding Giant bikes.
Dumoulin joined Jumbo-Visma in early 2020 after breaking his contract with the Sunweb team. He failed to secure a victory in his debut season, albeit a troubled one, but proved invaluable in helping PrimoÅ¾ RogliÄ dominate the Tour de France before losing the race on the final stage.
He then took a mental health break at the start of the 2021 season before returning rejuvenated to cycling in June at the Dutch national championships. The 30-year-old went on to win a silver medal in the time trial at the Olympics in August, behind his current teammate RogliÄ and ahead of the latest Jumbo-Visma star Rohan Dennis.
Dumoulin was then forced to end his season in September after being hit by a car during practice, which caused him to fracture his scaphoid.