The oldest professional rider of the peloton, Ludo Dierckxsens, will end his career on October 16, two days after his 41st birthday. The Landbouwkrediet-Colnago rider will say goodbye to cycling with a big event in Tessenderlo, Belgium, where fellow colleagues Tom Steels and World Champion Tom Boonen, are expected amongst many others. In true Belgian style, there will be a criterium to be raced in the afternoon, before his farewell party takes place on the town's market place.
"If I get the chance, I'd like to stay in cycling," Dierckxsens said. "You do meet a lot of people as a rider, and I have the necessary know-how. I'm satisfied with my carrier. I became a pro when I was 30 years old, to see what I was worth in the peloton. With a little luck, I would have even won a big race!," he added. The Belgian won the 11th stage of the Tour de France 1999, and the National Championship in the same year.