Van Petegem's last race
(Image credit: LUC CLAESSEN)

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Peter Van Petegem bowed out of professional racing today in a kermesse in Desselgem, Belgium. The 37-year-old Quick Step rider finished in the bunch, one lap down on winner and team mate Steven de Jongh.

Van Petegem celebrated on the podium with his family and team mate Serge Baguet who also retired today. Both riders ended their careers in what turned out to be a largely uneventful race, but the significance of it brought in large crowds.

The Belgian media was also out in force, a measure of the regard Van Petegem is held in.

The East-Flandrian had his best year in 2003 when he did the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix double (winning both in the space of a week), one of only nine men to do so.

Van Petegem was also well known, and well loved by the Flandrians, for his three victories in Het Volk, the race that traditionally opens the Belgian racing season.

Van Petegem twice finished the Tour de France, but rarely showed any form when racing outside of the spring classics season. He has recently expressed his desire to continue working within the sport as a Director Sportif or team manager.

Peter Van Petegem ? results in brief


Tour of Flanders

Paris Roubaix


Het Volk

Three Days of De Panne



GP D?Isbergues

Paris Nice (stage two)


GP D?Isbergues


Tour of Flanders

GP E3 Harelbeke

Three Days of De Panne


Het Volk


Het Volk


Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.