Dierckxsens stops

The oldest professional rider of the peloton, Ludo Dierckxsens, will end his career on October 16,...

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.

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