Maarten Wynants to retire after Paris-Roubaix 2021
Jun 27 2020 11:36 pm CET

Maarten Wynants to retire after Paris-Roubaix 2021
Maarten Wynants to retire after Paris-Roubaix 2021
Team Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Maarten Wynants has announced his retirement for next season, but he will continue working with the team after that.

The 38-year-old -who is the oldest active Belgian professional cyclist- has been in the formation currently known as Jumbo-Visma since 2011. He has decided to extend his contract for six months due to the coronavirus interruption and will finish his career in Paris-Roubaix in 2021.

Wynants was planning to retire at the end of 2019 but after the team's good season, he decided to extend his farewell for another season, but the year has been not what he had expected so far. "It seems that everything has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, but if we can still race for four months, that is already something. The season is not considered to be lost yet, and I am still very eager to race.

"This way I don’t want to retire. That is why I decided to ride another spring in 2021. Therefore, I am able to say goodbye as a cyclist under normal circumstances. Paris-Roubaix will be my last race. In principle, this is already possible in October because of the new calendar, but I would like to retire after a normal, full spring season. Paris-Roubaix is my favourite race. One with a lot of emotions. The way in which Tom Boonen said goodbye in his Roubaix unconsciously may have played a role too. I would very much like to lead Wout van Aert or a teammate to the victory on the Velodrome."

The Belgian rider will continue mentoring the young talents as a rider, and then he will become a coach, first of the development team and then in the WorldTour formation. "The idea is that I learn everything about being a coach with them before I move on to the WorldTour team," Wynants explained. "However, I will also do some smaller professional races, but the Tour de France is not immediately on my program. I have been learning a lot about coaching for a while now. I have to take one more exam and then I will have my coaching degree."
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