Peter Lenderink retires from cycling
Saturday’s U23 Dutch Nationals road race was the last race of Netherland’s Peter Lenderink. The 22-year old has decided to step aside from cycling because of a vasoconstriction in his groin diagnosed back in late 2016. After undergoing surgery in March 2017 the strong Dutchman made his comeback to the racing scheme in September of that very same year. Despite all the sacrifices and the hard work put in, the state of his injury did not improve and it reached the same condition as before the surgery. After a long and hard reflection process, and taking into mind that a second surgery would not allow him to reach the fitness level he had prior to the diagnose, Lenderink decided to stop cycling and focus and upcoming challenges. 

At the Academy, we fully support his decision and we will help him with everything we can in the future. Peter’s personality and dedication have been key in order to achieve all the victories this past two seasons. The professionalism and the positive attitude with what he carried throughout the toughest moments have been an inspiration and an example for everyone in the Academy. It is a brave decision and we want to wish him all the best in the next steps of his life, and we hope to see him back with the Academy with another role in the coming years.

Peter Lenderink:
“After not being able to recover from the injury in my groin and having to cycle with pain for a long time, I decided that the U23 Nationals were my last race. I want to thank everybody in my environment because they have been really close to me all the time and they have seen at first hand how hard it was for me to deal with it. Also, I want to thank everyone involved in the SEG Racing Academy, since every single rider and staff member has been really supportive and gave all the trust and time I needed. I could not have wished for a better team to be in during this period. All these setbacks have been hard to overcome, but I also learned a lot about myself and I think this will help me in the future. I can say that in the last period I accepted the fact that there was not a good perspective for me anymore and because of that, I was able to really enjoy all sides of cycling during my last races with the Academy.’’