Capelle stops

Belgian pro Ludovic Capelle has decided to hang up his bike. After 10 years in the pro peloton,...

Belgian pro Ludovic Capelle has decided to hang up his bike. After 10 years in the pro peloton, Capelle now hopes to rebuild his career in the cycling industry.

The 32 year-old, whose biggest victories include the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen (2003), Dwars door Vlaanderen (2004) and the GP d'Isbergues (2004), was racing for Latvian continental team Rietumu Banka – Riga this season. But the 2001 Belgian champion, who tested positive for EPO in 2005, deplored the state of cycling these days.

"When I look at how cycling is developing right now, I tell myself that I have nothing to do with it anymore," he told La Dernière Heure. "It's crazy that a guy like my teammate Saramotins [third in the GP Samyn, second in the Tour du Finistère - ed.] doesn't find anything else than [Swedish Continental team] Designa Kokken! Like all the other riders still on the market. And I don't even speak of the misery payrolls of those who have a contract."

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