The cycling world is mourning the death of Lieuwe Westra, who has died aged 40 after a long battle with depression. Westra was a successful Dutch cyclist who achieved remarkable heights in the sport, most notably runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in Paris-Nice in 2012.
His mark on the cycling world will not be forgotten and he will be remembered for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this difficult time.
How did Luwe Vestra die?
The news of the death of former cyclist Ljuve Westra was confirmed by his biographer Thomas Sietsma on Sunday morning. Westra, who retired due to depression in early 2017, has been through some difficult years since then, including a divorce and the sale of the cycling hotel he built with his ex-wife. His death in Zwaagdijk, Netherlands on Saturday is still under investigation to determine the cause. RIP, Lieuwe Westra – “beast” and all.
What was the cause of Lieuwe Westra’s death?
The cause of death was confirmed by his biographer as a result of depression which had plagued him for many years. Westra was a relentless cyclist, earning the nickname “The Beast” with successes such as Paris-Nice in 2012 and working for both Astana and Vacansoleil-DMC. His body was found on Saturday near Enkhuizen, Holland, and Dutch media ran a new cover in his honor. Many are mourning the death of the beloved athlete and many condolences poured in from all over the world.
Who was Luve Westra?
Lieuwe Westra was a famous Dutch professional cyclist known for his many successes with the KrolStonE Continental Team, Vacansoleil–DCM and Astana between 2006 and 2016. In 2012 he made history in the Paris-Nice UCI World Tour race by came in second place and takes first place of the Queen of Mende. This tough uphill sprint included the 3 km (1.9 mi) long Côte de la Croix-Neuve-Montée Laurent Jalabert at an average gradient of 10.1%. Westra captured the hearts of many spectators that day as he moved ahead of race leader Bradley Wiggins inside the final kilometer, although he was unable to stay ahead despite a clear run across the finish line.
Professional career of Lieuwe Westra
Dutchman Lieuwe Westra, a professional cyclist and former member of the Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team, died at the age of 40 in Before his untimely death, Westra won various cycling competitions, including the 2007 OZ Wielerweekend 1st Stage 2 time trial , the 2014 Volta a Catalunya Stage 7, the Combativity Award for Stage 5 at the 2014 Tour de France and the 2016 Three Days of De Panne. His victory in the time trial would help seal his victory and earn him the leader’s jersey, which he would not relinquish. Soon after that win, however, Westra announced his retirement on Facebook in January 2017 and thanked those who had supported him over the years, before taking the post down shortly after. However, Westra managed to leave an impressive legacy behind before suffering from depression which eventually led to his death.
Tributes are pouring in on the death of Lieuwe Westra
Lieuwe Westra (40) died on Saturday afternoon. El ex ciclista peleó consigo mismo en los ultimos años y perdió.
Descansa en paz! pic.twitter.com/TYqLbYqlDP
— Alex Serra (@chiodi17) January 15, 2023
I will cherish our travels together! Dikke knuf!
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you were amazing you will be missed friend