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Anyone who has visited the Netherlands knows that the Dutch are the masters of cycling. Regardless of the weather, the Dutch can cycle, hold their umbrella, drink a smoothie and share this on Snapchat all at the same time. During this year’s Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin proved just how good Dutch cyclists are.
Tom Dumoulin was born in Maastricht and grew up watching the famous Amstel Gold Race his whole life. Professionally, he has been on the cycling radar since 2010. During the 2016 Giro d’Italia, Dumoulin started well but quickly fell behind in the ranks and he did not finish. This year, however, he gave a spectacular performance.
Dumoulin started the race strong but lost time during the race after making an emergency stop for the bathroom. Fortunately, he was able to make up the lost time in the following stages and, in the end, brought to the Netherlands the famous maglia rosa.
The following video shows the moment Dumoulin won the Giro d’Italia with Dutch commentators. Some important words to keep an eye on are pech which means bad luck, geschiedenis schrijven which means write history, and wordt gek meaning is going crazy.
Right after the race, a reporter from RTL interviewed Dumoulin. The video has subtitles and it is interesting to notice how Dumoulin speaks. On a previous post, I wrote about Limburg dialect and how the “g” is pronounced a lot softer. You can certainly hear the difference between Dumoulin’s g and that of the reporter.
Maastricht has been celebrating Dumoulin’s victory in many ways. There is a big pink frame you can take a photograph with, many bakeries and restaurants are offering pink Dumoulin treats and his house was decorated with pink balloons and garlands. The celebration has good reasons. This is the first time a Dutch cyclist wins the Giro d’Italia and his name now joins the two greatest professional cyclists, Jan Janssen and Joop Zoetemelk.
de pech- bad luck
worden- to become
de geschiedenis- history
de grootheden- the great ones
wielerhistorie- cycling history
nuchtere kerel- down to earth guy
beschrijven- to describe
vrolijk vogeltje- happy bird, happy person
de hartslag- heartbeat
het trucje- trick
berekenen- to calculate
veranderen- to change
verleden- past, previous
de toekomst- future
grote bak bier- big case of beer