Veelers forced to retire due to knee injury

Tom Veelers has been forced to retire from professional cycling due to a persistent knee injury. The 32-year-old Giant Alpecin rider had a contract with the team for 2017 but after enduring two successive injury-hit seasons, and two surgeries, he has decided to hang up his wheels. He did not race throughout the 2016 season. He will remain part of the team – known as Team Sunweb in 2017 – as part of the coaching staff.

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