Winner of three stages on the Grand Tours, the Dutchman Pieter Weening announced that he was retiring at the age of 39.
Pieter Weening puts his bike away! At 39, the Dutchman from the Trek-Segafredo team felt it was time to stop after sixteen years in the professional peloton. “I am delighted to announce it, now that I feel confident and happy to be able to do so. For almost twenty years, I did the job so I dreamed. I have enjoyed every season, and I am grateful for it. But in recent weeks, I calmly told myself that I had had enough. When I joined Trek-Segafredo in February, I realized that I was going to see how the Giro was going to go, and that I would see then. A stupid fall during the 4th stage, which makes me angry just thinking about it, has left its mark. The next day I gave up. I thought I would have recovered for the Vuelta, but the doctors imposed absolute rest on me. It was there that I realized, my mind at ease, that the time had come. It was not the body that told me to stop, but the mind. I am happy with what I have accomplished. I ran in great teams, with great people, ”Weening said in a statement.
Weening had four teams
Professional since 2004, Pieter Weening has had four teams: Rabobank from 2004 to 2011, GreenEdge from 2012 to 2015, Roompot from 2016 to 2019 and Trek-Segafredo to finish. A team member for most of his career, he will still have known several moments of glory: in 2005 when he won the 8th stage of the Tour de France in Gérardmer in front of Andreas Klöden at the photo-finish, in 2011 when he won the 5th stage of the Giro solo on the dusty roads of the Strade Bianche, and wore the pink jersey for four days, in 2013 when he won the Tour of Poland, and in 2014 when he won won the 9th stage of the Giro in a sprint ahead of Davide Malacarne. Pieter Weening has taken part in sixteen Grand Tours in total, and won fifteen victories.