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Van de Wouwer retires

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
June 16, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:17 BST
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Latest Cycling News for June 16, 2006
Race:
Tour de France

Kurt Van De Wouwer (Unibet.com) will retire at the end of this year, reports Sportwereld.be . Van De...

Kurt Van De Wouwer (Unibet.com) will retire at the end of this year, reports Sportwereld.be. Van De Wouwer has had an anonymous season, with a ninth in the Tour du Finistère his best result.

"It's been nice," said Van de Wouwer to Sportwereld. "I've never been a big winner, but I've gotten what I could out of my career." Van de Wouwer's best year as 1999, when he performed well in the Tour de France. "Then I finished three times in the top 10 in four mountain stages. That was an unbelievable experience. The Tour de France remains a fantastic memory."

All of the Belgian's UCI wins came in 1997, when he was riding for Vlaanderen 2002. That year, he won the Circuito Montanes, and the prologue and stage 3 in the Hofbrau Cup. He has been a pro since 1994 and ridden for Lotto, Vlaanderen, Quick.Step, and Mr. Bookmaker.com (Unibet.com).

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