Pieter Weening (39) hangs his bicycle on the hook
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 3:02 PM
After seventeen seasons, Pieter Weening has put an end to his professional career. In that long period, the Dutch climber achieved thirteen victories, including one stage in the Tour de France and two in the Giro d’Italia.
It was Trek-Segafredo that announced the news on Friday. Weening (39) had been racing for the American team since June, but due to the corona virus and an early abandonment in the Giro d’Italia, the cycling season turned out differently than hoped for. “For almost twenty years I have been able to do the work I dreamed of and loved. I have loved every year and I am very grateful for that. But in the past few weeks I told myself that it was enough. ”
“I can say that I am happy with what I have achieved. I’ve always ridden in great teams, but also with great groups of people. I think this was a major motivation for me. I’ve always had the motivation to be a part of the team spirit, to pursue a common goal and to do better every year to achieve it. Without good people around me, it would have been difficult to sustain such a long career, ”says de Fries.
Weening hopes to return to cycling one day. “I love the sport and this world, but not in the near future. After being on the road for nearly twenty years, I now just want to rest and enjoy my life at home in Neerharen with my wife and our two children. I have some thoughts and ideas for the future, but now is not the time to make any announcements. ”
Started at Rabobank
Weening started his professional career in 2004 at Rabobank, after which he drove for the Dutch team for eight years. In the orange-blue jersey, he followed the Tour stage to Gérardmer in 2005 after a millimeter sprint with Andreas Klöden. Six years later he won his first stage in the Giro in Orvieto with a slight lead over the first chasers. It earned him the pink, which he would wear for four days.
In 2012, the Frisian moved to Orica GreenEDGE and he would play for that team for four years. In the shirt of the Australian team, he won the Tour of Poland in 2013 and a year later, at the Passo del Lupo, his second Giro stage. In 2016 he joined the Dutch Roompot team, where he achieved success in his first year in the Tour of Norway, where he took the overall victory, and the Tour of Switzerland.
Since June, Weening has been riding in the Trek-Segafredo colors, where he was allowed to ride the Giro and finish an Italian program. But the experienced Frisian would not finish the Italian round. In the fourth stage, he crashed after driving over a water bottle. He was off the map for a moment, but would finish the ride. A day later he complained of dizziness and had to give up after all. The ride to Camigliatello Silano became his last performance in a competition.