Koen de Kort finishes cycling career and takes on managing position at Trek-Segafredo
Aug 03 2021 12:15 am CET

Koen de Kort finishes cycling career and takes on managing position at Trek-Segafredo
Koen de Kort finishes cycling career and takes on managing position at Trek-Segafredo
Trek-Segafredo

Koen de Kort is taking on a new position of support manager in Trek-Segafredo after ending his career as a cyclist earlier in the year.

The Dutchman suffered a training accident in Andorra last June where he lost three fingers of his right hand and now has decided to put a finish on his career as a cyclist. But the now former rider was set to stop with professional cycling at the end of the year after 17 seasons in the pro peloton.

"I think it’s very important that it’s understood that I’m really super excited about this, and it’s not a job that’s convenient," said De Kort. "It’s something that I’ve really wanted for some time. And I’m just really excited to start doing this. And I’m excited for the interaction with Trek.

"I think from every rider, every staff member, I’ve received messages of support. And also just the support that I received from the team — from Luca [Guercilena], from Elke [Weylandt] — whatever I needed there’s someone from the team to help me. That makes my feeling even stronger that I want to stay with this team. It’s really like a family. I mean, it might sound a bit corny, but it really does feel like that."

De Kort will be the liaison between the riders of the team and Trek, "communicating the athletes’ needs and running product tests for Trek’s latest innovations," explained the team through a statement. "He’ll also be responsible for coordinating equipment tailored towards rider performance, like clothing, shoes, helmets, cooling vests and sunglasses."

Trek-Segafredo also announced that Glen Leven, who has served several years as a mechanic in Trek-sponsored teams, will also become support manager of the team and "will largely be responsible for what’s on the bike, like tires, wheels, frames and components. And of course, he’ll be a voice for the mechanics."
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