Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin has given an outspoken interview with De Limburger newspaper where he has criticised the decision of the UCI to award the forthcoming World Championships to Qatar.

He has also given his opinion of the Bradley Wiggins situation whereby it was revealed earlier this week that the British rider had been given TUEs (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) for the banned drug triamcinolone.

Wiggins had received the TUEs prior to the Tour de France in 2011 and 2012 and also the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Regarding the World Championships, Dumoulin is critical over the fact that labour conditions are so poor in Qatar and also questions what the atmosphere will be like at the Championships.

“Many Indians go to Qatar to work who are in a bad state. I’m not going to mention slavery, but that country is far removed from our values. Whether it’s worse or not? You find your own culture is better.”

“Also, there will be very few spectators and it will be totally bleak. All in all, it would have been better to keep the World Championships in a different, more cycling-loving country.”

“I can also see the benefits though. There is a lot of money up for grabs for the UCI,” he goes on to say. “Qatar will pay the UCI millions to be able to organize the Worlds.”

“What does the UCI do with the money? That’s not going to the sport, because we have to for example pay almost everything ourselves to ride the team time-trial. It’s crooked. And that is the UCI, not Qatar. I think the UCI are perhaps bigger crooks than the whole of Qatar together.”

Dumoulin also goes on to speak about the recent leak of TUEs after the WADA database was hacked by the Russian Fancy Bears group.

“It’s very strange that Wiggins always took medication in the same period. And injecting? Then you must have really bad asthma, something they do not usually do for normal asthmatics, let alone athletes who have exercise-induced asthma.”

“Apparently Wiggins’ injection also worked for weeks. Then in my opinion, you should be out of competition for weeks. That thing stinks.”


  1. Very arguable the “our culture is better” sentence, but about everything else he’s got a point. Most about the Wiggins/Froome situation.

    Conclusion: Not just the Wiggins case stinks. The UCI stinks.

  2. His ‘culture’ comment was meant at a third party self reflection, as in, it is not an absolute truth, just a cultural comparison. As for his win record and whether he is professionally qualified to speak with such authority… I think he is very quaified. 2010
    1st Stage 8 (ITT) Girobio
    1st Overall GP du Portugal
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    7th UCI World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
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    Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
    3rd Overall Olympia’s Tour
    3rd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der U23
    8th UCI World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
    8th Liège–Bastogne–Liège Espoirs
    5th Rund um Köln
    5th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
    6th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
    7th National Time Trial Championships
    7th National Road Race Championships
    10th Overall Vuelta a Burgos
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    Mountains classification Vuelta a Andalucía
    2nd National Road Race Championships
    2nd Overall Eneco Tour
    3rd National Time Trial Championships
    5th Overall Tour of Belgium
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    Young rider classification
    6th Overall Three Days of De Panne
    6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
    National Time Trial Championships
    1st RaboRonde Heerlen
    1st Stage 2 (ITT) Critérium International
    2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
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    2nd Overall Tour of Alberta
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    2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
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    6th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
    1st Stage 6 (ITT) Tour of the Basque Country
    3rd Overall Tour de Suisse
    1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 8 (ITT)
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    4th National Time Trial Championships
    5th UCI World Time Trial Championships
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  3. Think he is spot on. As a pro-cyclist who has won, he is entitled to his opinion. He doesn’t sound angry to me. Sounds very thoughtful. I happen to agree with his stance on the worlds. If a man rapes a women in Qatar she is punished for infidelity. (As published recently). I think the UCI has a moral duty to demonstrate its objection to inequality. Looks like the UCI has gone for the money.


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