Paris-Roubaix postponement also delays Jolien d'Hoore's retirement
Apr 03 2021 05:28 am CET

Paris-Roubaix postponement also delays Jolien d'Hoore's retirement
Paris-Roubaix postponement also delays Jolien d'Hoore's retirement
SD Worx

SD Worx's Jolien d'Hoore is set to be at the start line of the Tour of Flanders for the last time of her career as she will hang the bike later in the year.

The Belgian rider already knows what it is to be at the podium of the Belgian monument as she finished second in 2015, just after Elisa Longo Borghini. "As a sprinter it is almost impossible to win this race," said d'Hoore to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

"If the race is really hard and everybody pushes in every climb, I can't really play a significant role at the finish."

The rider had some back pain last weekend in Gent-Wevelgem. "But normally I should be able to start pain-free on Sunday. That is necessary, because the Tour of Flanders is quite difficult and tough."

D'Hoore was set to finish her career after the World Championships -that will take place in Belgium at the end of September- but the postponement of Paris-Roubaix has changed her plans. "I was really looking forward to that race," she explained. "The Hell of the North must be around right for me.

"There are other races that will be moved to a later date. Maybe I should continue for a few more weeks and then stop? In any case, I will definitely put a final point to my career this year. There is that desire to have children and I don't want to wait until my 35th birthday. I can look back on my career as rider with satisfaction."
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