Kevin Pauwels to retire after Oostmalle

World Cup series winner Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon)

Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Bingoal) announced on Monday that he has decided to retire after his final race of the cyclo-cross season in Oostmalle. The 34-year-old began his career by following the footsteps of his older brother Tim, winning the junior world title in 2002 and the U23 world championship in 2004. But tragedy struck the next season, when Tim Pauwels was racing an early-season Superprestige race in Erpe-Mere, he suffered a ruptured aortic aneurysm and died during the race. Already quiet and shy before his brother's death, Pauwels continued on an upward trajectory in the sport but struggled in the spotlight off the bike. On the bike, however, Pauwels was one of the top names in the sport, meticulous in his preparation and precise in technique. After turning professional in 2006 he had to go up against the likes of Sven Nys, Niels Albert and Zdenek Stybar, but clawed his way ...

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