Laurens Ten Dam announces retirement after 16 years as a professional cyclist
Jul 16 2019 05:11 am CET

Laurens Ten Dam announces retirement after 16 years as a professional cyclist
Laurens Ten Dam announces retirement after 16 years as a professional cyclist
Laurens ten Dam © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

CCC-Team's Laurens Ten Dam has announced his retirement from professional cycling. This will be the last season of the Dutchman in the professional peloton.

The 38-year-old has made the announcement in his podcast 'Live slow, ride fast'. "Saying that you will stop is harder than saying that you will continue, but this is my last year in the World Tour," he explained.

The rider crashed at the Tour of Austria last week and for a moment feared that he had broken his hip. "That was a shitty feeling," he commented. "I am happy that they said in the hospital that I can still ride a few races this year because I wouldn't have wanted to finish this like that."

Ten Dam started his career in the pro continental team of Shimano in 2005 and took a step up to the WorldTour level in Rabobank in 2009. Some of his best results include top ten places in the overall classifications of the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, but he's been known for being a strong and loyal domestique and he was part of Tom Dumoulin's team when he won the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

"I will always keep cycling, but I will stop as a professional," he said. "I will be 39 in November and I will have been a pro for 16 years. I would not have thought that before when I became a cyclist."
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