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Serge Pauwels ends his carreer at almost 37. His best results are:
  • a Giro stage win (a kind of dramatic one, because he got crossed by his own team's weird tactical decisions, but got the win later on because Bertagnolli was suspended)
  • a 13th place in the Tour de France GC
  • a stage + overall victory in Yorkshire.
He was GVA's roommate and a strong domestique during the Olympic race in 2016, and he ends now as his teammate at CCC's. The team disbanding, him having had recent health issues + a lack of results and of course his age are the reasons for his retirement from active pro sports.

Very likeable and intelligent guy, who will have no trouble finding new opportunities and challenges. If he can choose it, he stays close to cycling. His wife (who is very pretty, lucky Serge) is also an ex-rider and does some media stuff in cycling these days.
 
Serge Pauwels ends his carreer at almost 37. His best results are:
  • a Giro stage win (a kind of dramatic one, because he got crossed by his own team's weird tactical decisions, but got the win later on because Bertagnolli was suspended)
  • a 13th place in the Tour de France GC
  • a stage + overall victory in Yorkshire.
He was GVA's roommate and a strong domestique during the Olympic race in 2016, and he ends now as his teammate at CCC's. The team disbanding, him having had recent health issues + a lack of results and of course his age are the reasons for his retirement from active pro sports.

Very likeable and intelligent guy, who will have no trouble finding new opportunities and challenges. If he can choose it, he stays close to cycling. His wife (who is very pretty, lucky Serge) is also an ex-rider and does some media stuff in cycling these days.
Thanks for that write-up.
 
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Next to Cavendish, another rider who will possibly retire after the Scheldeprijs is Kris Boeckmans. Once one of Belgium's fastest sprinters, the now 33 years old rider unfortunately never reached his previous level again after his horrifying crash in the Vuelta of 2015 (injurywise comparable to Jakobsen, with multiple days in a coma).

Boeckmans became European champion U23 in 2009 (Sagan, Kristoff and Modolo in the top ten) and has 11 pro wins. Eight of them, Le Samyn and Nokere Koerse among others, took place in the same year of that crash. Talking about a ruined possible breakthrough.
 
Once one of Belgium's fastest sprinters, the now 33 years old rider unfortunately never reached his previous level again after his horrifying crash in the Vuelta of 2015 (injurywise comparable to Jakobsen, with multiple days in a coma).
That was just so terrible. His immobile figure on the ground, the desperate cries for "medical!", and De Gendt who did not want to continue with the stage.
 
Third Belgian retirement announcement this week, but the biggest name: Jürgen Roelandts (35) quits.

"Hard decision, but I have decided to retire at the end of this season. I’m grateful for all the precious cycling memories and all the people who have supported me throughout this journey. It’s been a privilege, Thanks.
Jurgen"

Apparently, following multiple injuries, he can't ride the bike without pain anymore, and he can't reach a WorldTour worthy level again. A 10th place in Kuurne was his best result this year, in 2018 he became 5th in Milano-Sanremo.

Roelandts became Belgian champion as a neo pro in 2008 and got his only World Tour victory that season in Poland. In the end his tally stops at a rather disappointing total of 8 wins. Best high placings are 3rd in de Ronde van Vlaanderen (2013) and Milano-Sanremo (2016) and 5th at the Worlds (2011).

Due to a shoulder injury since the BinckBank Tour, he misses the Ronde and unfortunately won't have a goodbye race.
 
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True. And his solo in the legendary wind edition of Gent-Wevelgem anno 2015.
That he never got to taste the fruit of victory for that ride is one of the worst miscarriages of justice in modern cycling. If he had to lose, it had to be in an epic La Course 2018 chasedown on the line that could go down as an all-timer. A 7th-place finish in many editions of Gent-Wevelgem is a nondescript sprint placement behind the winning group, looking at the results sheet you might just think it was a group of 8 that got away and he dropped off after working for Debusschere and not realise that he was a king amongst men.
 
Ciao Oscar Gatto - as reported here
Wednesday's race in De Panne, Belgium, will be the last of Oscar Gatto's career.
“I have no more stimuli, the time is right. I'm happy like this ”, says the 35-year-old from Bora-Hansgrohe from Veneto.
 
Ciao Oscar Gatto - as reported here
Wednesday's race in De Panne, Belgium, will be the last of Oscar Gatto's career.
“I have no more stimuli, the time is right. I'm happy like this ”, says the 35-year-old from Bora-Hansgrohe from Veneto.
Ending his career in the race where he almost but not quite was gifted a stage win by Sagan.
 
Adam Hansen - Firebrand, Vegni-adversary
retires after 14 seasons as a professional and 20 consecutive Grand Tours completed
Graduated in engineering, he will devote himself to triathlon.
As reported by Gazzetta.it in Italiano.
 

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