Pernille Mathiesen retires at 24 saying: 'I’ve been struggling with mental health and an eating disorder'

Danish rider is hoping to find enjoyment in other areas of her life, after terminating her contract with Cofidis

Pernille Mathiesen
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Cofidis rider Pernille Mathiesen has retired from professional cycling at just 24-years-old, citing the lack of enjoyment she has experienced in the sport amid mental health struggles and an eating disorder.

Mathiesen candidly discussed the reasons for her retirement in an strikingly open Instagram post. She said she found it difficult enjoying cycling in a professional environment, with the pressures ultimately causing her to struggle both mentally and physically.  

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.