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by Mark Zalewski
January 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’
After the surprising announcement of an early retirement for Lieuwe Westra earlier this week, with speculation that a battle with depression was the motivating factor, the Dutch cyclist opened up about his reasons, Dutch broadcaster NOS reports.
“I understand that for many [the announcement] came unexpectedly,” Westra said in a written statement.
“I am very sorry that I have to end my career this way. The last few months I have been trying to find my motivation and overcome my depression, but also because the two [legal] things running now I can not longer afford to send me to focus on my professional career. ”
Westra is reportedly involved with two legal disputes, one with his former agent and another with his brother-in-law and former business partner.
“I am supported by my family and will fully focus on my recovery — also get a handle the current [legal] cases. I hope I can overcome my depression in this way and can again enjoy everything.”
Click through to read more at NOS.