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BECAUSE OF CONTINUES PHYSICAL ISSUES, LAURENT VANDEN BAK DECIDED TO STOP HIS PROFESSIONAL CYCLING CAREER. THE FORMER BELGIAN NATIONAL TIME TRIAL CHAMPION WILL NOW SHIFT HIS FOCUS TO A CAREER IN SOCIETY.


“I feel prepared for the future!”

Laurent Vanden Bak has ridden his last ever professional bike race of his career. The 28-year-old Belgian made this tough decision after two seasons of bad physical luck. Whether it was sickness or a injury, Laurent found himself back in a continues process of recovering and working hard to get in back in shape to another problem popping up, causing to start over once again. This has put him back several time, with Mycoplasma Pneumonia as a last example, a bacterium that also made Mark Cavendish struggle. Leaving his dream of becoming a WorldTour rider behind him, Laurent made a brave decision and chose for this future family.

Already at a young age, Laurent showed his great time trial skills. He continued to develop these skills which brought him the win in the Belgian National Time Trial Championship in  2012, without a doubt the best result of his career. He then signed a contract with the An Post team before joining Leopard in 2015. At the Luxembourgish UCI Continental Team, Laurent was known for his love for the Tour de Normandie and his willingness to give everything for his teammates. On behalf of the entire Leopard organisation, we can be very thankful for having had this great rider in our team.

Laurent Vanden Bak: “I decided to say goodbye to professional cycling. I wanted to reach the WorldTour level, but the last two years I have been suffering from continues physical issues. Therefore, my dream will not come true. It is very frustrating to be seen as a rider that always has something going wrong and this is partly the reason that I made the decision to financially support my future family. Backed with my marketing studies, I will prove myself to be a good businessman. I am sure that I will succeed in this as business has a lot of similarities with high level cycling. The continuity of efforts, quality, self-discipline, planning and reaching goals are key in both worlds. I feel prepared for the future!”