Fien Delbaere announces retirement after difficult seasons

Fien Delbaere

Fien Delbaere of Komugi-Grand Est has decided to retire from professional cycling, citing recent mental and physical challenges. The Belgian cyclist has been recovering from a broken ankle sustained at this year’s Ronde de Mouscron, in addition to a severe crash last season at Brugge De Panne.

Delbaere, in an announcement on Instagram, reflected on her career and the difficulties she’s faced. “Today I’m announcing my retirement from professional cycling. This decision comes after much reflection on the mental and physical challenges I’ve faced the last 2 years,” she shared. The 25-year-old expressed her gratitude towards those who have supported her, stating, “I am immensely grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey—my fans, teammates, coaches, sponsors, and family.”

Fien Delbaere

She gave special thanks to her team for their understanding and support during her recovery. “Special thanks to @komugi_grandest for understanding my situation,” Delbaere mentioned. She also conveyed a sense of pride and gratitude for what she has accomplished and learned in her cycling career. “As I move forward, I look back with pride and gratitude at what I’ve accomplished and learned. Being a professional cyclist was something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid and I’m proud and grateful I could live that dream.”

Delbaere’s post concluded with heartfelt thanks to her supporters. “Thank you for being part of my ride and for all the unforgettable memories. I’m ready for the next chapter, soon more about that.”

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