Greg Van Avermaet, Olympic champion, Roubaix winner, to retire from cycling at the end of 2023

The Belgian says he has "no regrets" as he will head out of the peloton aged 38

Greg van Avermaet
(Image credit: Getty Images)

On the British comedy interview podcast Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, guests are often asked whether they think their obituary photo has already been taken. The answers are illuminating: does the guest - usually a comedian - think that their career heights, what they will be known for, has already happened, or do they think their peak is yet to come?

Professional athletes get two obituaries. One when they retire from their sport, and then one when they eventually pass on. For Greg Van Avermaet, who announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping back from the professional peloton at the end of 2023 after 17 seasons at the top, the photos have absolutely already been taken.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.