It was pretty sweet to see him take a win in early September after such a challenging year.
After a challenging year it’s great to see @JorneCarolus with his hands in the air. Nice one sir, wearing them well. pic.twitter.com/H5NO25Lax5His teammates have sent out some messages about his move.
— James Fairbank (@james__fairbank) September 5, 2014
@JorneCarolus zette gisteren een punt achter zijn wielercarrière met een prachtig palmares #lifegoeson #respect pic.twitter.com/DNDDqbpBxG
— Ruben Pols (@Ruben_Pols) October 13, 2014
@Vlaanderen90 @JorneCarolus we'll Miss this big guy
— Jef Van Meirhaeghe (@JefVnMeirhaeghe) October 20, 2014
Carolus isn't the only young rider moving on from two wheels. Dane Rasmus Sterobo, just one year removed from his last U23 year, decided to hang it up in favor getting his Masters Degree in Physics and Technology to become a civil engineer. Sterobo was a big talent that put up big results in 2013 including a prologue win in the U23 Peace Race, 7th in the Thüringen Rundfahrt and 16th in the Tour de l'Avenir. He came out flat this year and seemed to be lacking the motivation for a full-time pro career. In his words, he called the lifestyle " too monotonous". He hasn't ruled out a comeback in the future.
Other young riders hanging up the bike include:
-Piero Baffi (Leopard-Trek)
-Ignazio Moser (BMC Development)
-Florent Mottet (Wallonie-Bruxelles)
-Alexander Mork (Designa Køkken)
-Jan-Niklas Droste (Heizomat)
-Mathias Rask (Giant-Shimano Development)
-Giorgio Brambilla (Veranclassics) got close to the top a couple of years ago with Leopard-Trek but never got the big contract he needed/deserved.
I always find it interesting seeing young riders walk away from the sport when they still have so much ahead of them. It makes me think, "Oh yeah, there actually is more than just cycling." Here I was thinking that the pinnacle of my life would be a cycling writer, just narrowly ahead of doctor in impoverished country and working with the poor.