'Being out in the sports world is difficult': Cyclocross rider Justin Laevens comes out as gay

Laevens says he hopes he can provide an example for other athletes who 'may still be hidden in their shell'

Justin Laevens (SportNU.be)

Cyclocross rider Justin Laevens has come out as gay, one of only a few professional cyclists ever to do so.

The 19-year-old Belgian says the decision is something he's been thinking about for years, worried about the reaction within the sport, but that he wants to set an example for other riders.

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