Tolhoek tenth in opening stage Ruta del Sol
Antwan Tolhoek has finished tenth in the first stage of the Ruta del Sol. The 15...
Daan Olivier is forced to immediately end his professional cycling career. The 26-year-old Dutchman has been suffering from a knee injury since a crash last year, which was exacerbated by top-level sport. In a blog on Daan’s and this site, the Team Jumbo-Visma rider tells how he has experienced the past period and how he faces the future.
“Since the Ruta del Sol I felt that the injury moved towards a stage of performance impairing”, Olivier writes. “Already the first day of the Tour of the Basque Country, I felt that the injury got even worse. Now I have come to a point of realization that the past couple of months I have been fighting a losing battle. The injury got worse and I am not feeling rewarded for all the efforts I have put in. It feels hard and unreal that I am forced to abandon not only the Basque Country race, but the race of Professional Cycling. It feels like a dream has fallen to pieces. Cycling has brought me a lot. Those experiences I will never forget, and I am more than grateful that I have been privileged to live this life for almost 11 years.”
Olivier showed that he was ready to turn pro when he was a rider of the Rabobank Continental Team. In 2014 and 2015 he joined Team Giant-Shimano (Alpecin). After a short break, he joined the current Team Jumbo-Visma in 2017. That year, he finished the Vuelta a España.
Team Jumbo-Visma thank Daan for his team spirit and the nice cooperation and wish him the best of luck in his social career.
Read his whole story here.