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Hasseltse reed sinds 2013 in het profpeloton

Willeke Knol (26) zegt profwielrennen vaarwel

Willeke Knol heeft haar afscheid van het profpeloton aangekondigd. De 26-jarige Hasseltse wielrenster laat op social media weten dat het tijd is voor een nieuwe fase in haar leven.

In het begin van haar profcarrière reed Knol in dienst van de wielerploegen van Iwan Spekenbrink (het huidige Team Sunweb). In 2015 verkaste Knol na drie jaar in Nederlandse dienst de het Belgische Lotto - Soudal. Afgelopen jaar was ze in dienst van Cyclance, waar ze onder meer aan de zijde reed van Kirsten Wild.

In het bericht op Instagram waarin Knol haar afscheid aankondigt bedankt ze de ploegen waarvoor ze uitkwam, haar aanstaande echtgenoot Klaas Jan Arkema, haar naaste familie en wielervereniging De Noordwesthoek, waarvoor ze lang als clubrenster reed.

Life can be such a beautiful journey and I am thankful that I could do a part of that by bike!!!! So many unforgetable moments, all the places I have been to, the people I've met and the new friends I've found, so many lessons I've learnt. There are just not enough words...THANK YOU!!!!! Especially a huge thanks to my parents, who gave me the chance to follow my dreams, were always there for me and supported me through good and bad. My brothers & sisters and friends, they have always had my back even though I've missed quite a lot of their lives but they always understood and cheered me on or cheered me up. Thanks to my clubteam, they've supported me and gave me space to develop. To my trainers and coaches for all their wisdom and trust, also all staff and others for keeping me and my bikes healthy and fit. A huge thanks to all my teammates, for all incredible moments of joy, tears or just crazyness. For spending so much of their lives on the road with me. And ofcourse the teams and sponsors who made my dreams come true @teamsunweb @lotto_soudal @cylancecycling @teamknwu THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! The last one I couldn't do it without; my financé and almoooost husband @kjarkema Thanks for all the times I was away but you were still close.. what could I do without you?! Can't wait to start our new adventure🤵👰🏼 And the One who will always stay the very first and very last... Thank you God for all Your blessings. All of this wouldn't have any sense without You. You've never left my side!!!❤ #THANKYOU #willneverforget #newadventuresahead #oscarspeech

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