On Tuesday October 17 our 39-year-old Frederik Veuchelen will start his final race in Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen after a beautiful 14-year pro career. In 2006 Fré won Dwars door Vlaanderen as the last survivor of a long breakaway. He also finished 2nd in Tour du Finistère and the GP La Marseillaise. He rode all spring classics and finished the Giro d'Italia twice. But in addition to his results Fré grew into an outstanding road captain in the team. A genuinely nice rider who guided the team through the Spanish landscape at training camp in Benidorm and gave team mates council. The whole team and staff of Wanty-Groupe Gobert wants to thank Fré for the wonderful four years and so forth wishes him all the best with his undoubtedly successful next step in life.
"On Tuesday October 17 I will ride my last race as a professional in Sluitingsprijs Putte-Kapellen. Cycling has given me a lot, but after 14 seasons it is time for a new step. I would like to stay active in sports and cycling. "
"For this, I want to build on my studies of licentiate physical education at the Catholic University of Leuven and my practical experience. At the moment, I am already mentoring some athletes and cyclists and I want to retrain in various areas, including sports care. "
"Support from supporters, family and friends through all those years has made me very happy. I realise that their support in the further development of my career gives me much confidence. I also want to thank the soigneurs, mechanics, team leaders and further staff of the various teams I rode for. "
"A book is closing but the pages of the next book have already been opened. We'll see each other again 'op de koers'."
Hilaire Van der Schueren:
"Fré is a rider that could be used on all terrains. He was a loyal rider I could count on when when we had to chase hard."
"You have to keep a good rider. That is why I have been working with him for nine years, first five years at Vacansoleil and now four at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Eventually he became older until the moment he was the oldest rider in the team. We could laugh with that. He then grew into the role of road captain year after year."
"The most striking thing about Fré? I never saw him angry. He always remained calm and was open for dialogue. He never banged his fist on the table, what he maybe should have done. But by his way of speaking he could often solve problems. I admire that. He definitely deserves a function in the cycling world."