Mertens may end career at 27

By Bjorn Haake

Pieter Mertens (Predictor-Lotto) will possibly end his career at the tender age of 27. He has opted to not extend his contract with the Belgian ProTour team and is a bit disillusioned, reported Sportwereld.

He is considering returning to his medical studies, which he put on hold for his professional cycling career. Two additional years are missing. "Maybe after that I will return to racing, like Serge Baguet did."

Mertens said that he believes he doesn't get enough chances in the team. "I don't have the feeling that I am appreciated by the team management. Some people have let me down, and there are still a lot [of other things] ahead of my life."

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1