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Retired Dutch pro Luwe Westra dies at 40. Let’s see more details about ex-cyclist Luwe Westra and the cause of his death in detail.
What happened to Lieuwe Westra?
The news was confirmed on Sunday morning by his biographer Thomas Sietsma.
“Lieuwe Westra died on Saturday afternoon. The former cyclist has been fighting with himself in recent years and has lost,” Sietsma wrote. “Rest in peace beast.”
Westra retired in early 2017, citing depression. Since then, he has gone through difficult years, including a divorce and the sale of the cycling hotel he built with his ex-wife.
He was found dead on Saturday in Zwaagdijk, Netherlands. The cause of death has not been confirmed.
Zaterdagmiddag, Lieuwe Westra (40) died. De voormalig wielrenner vought de laastte jaren met zielzechte en verloor.
Rust zacht, Beest. pic.twitter.com/hsVgWZQQNJ
— Thomas Sijtsma (@ThomasSijtsma) January 15, 2023
Cause of death
The new cover of the Dutch media revealed his biographer. Lieuwe Westra, a former cyclist who worked for Astana and Vacansoleil-DMC, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 40.
The cause of death has not been confirmed. We will keep you updated once we receive the information from the affected person.
Who was Luve Westra?
Lieuwe Westra was a Dutch professional cyclist who rode professionally between 2006 and 2016 for the KrolStonE Continental Team, Vacansoleil–DCM and Astana.
Mûnein-born Westra came second at the 2012 Paris-Nice UCI World Tour event, and he also took first place at the Queen of Mende stage. This particular stage culminated at the top of the 3 km (1.9 mi) long Côte de la Croix-Neuve-Montée Laurent Jalabert, which has an average gradient of 10.1%.
He launched his attack inside the final kilometer and the lead group, led by race leader Bradley Wiggins, was unable to catch up. He crossed the finish line, leading to speculation that he would have been able to overtake Wiggins for the leading jersey had he continued his efforts. The win put him 6 seconds behind Wiggins.
He will finish Paris-Nice 8 seconds behind the Briton in the general classification. In August, Westra won the overall classification of the 2012 Danmark Rundt, a six-stage race held in Denmark
Vestra Nicknamed “The Beast”
Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, Westra raced with Vacansoleil and Astana during his 11-year career and took 13 victories at the start of the last decade.
Stage wins at Paris-Nice, the Tour of California and the Critérium du Dauphiné highlight his palmarès along with GC wins at the Tour of Denmark and the Driedaagse De Panne. The Mûnein-born powerhouse also helped fellow rider Vincenzo Nibali win the yellow jersey at the 2014 Tour de France.
After his retirement, Westra published the unedited biography, Het Beest in which he recalled his cases of doping.
He won the race during the race which helped seal the win as it earned him the leader’s jersey which he would not relinquish. Garmin–Barracuda’s Ramunas Navardauskas finished second, 10 seconds behind
2007 -4th overall OZ Wielerweekend 1st Stage 2 (ITT)
2014 -1st stage 7 Volta a Catalunya 1st stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné Combativity award Stage 5 Tour de France
2016- De Panne’s first total of three days
Westra announced his retirement on his Facebook page on January 8, 2017. He wrote “Today I have decided to retire from racing. I can not continue. Many thanks to K Snijder and A Boskamp!
Ok, I’ll give up now, but I’ll be back later to quickly fix these issues. Westra thanks the cycling community’. That post was later removed, but the retirement was announced on the Wanty-Groupe Gobert team’s Twitter account the next day.
Tributes poured in on social media
Tributes from the professional cycling world have already started pouring in, including from former team-mate Johnny Hoogerland.
“Love, my friend. What happened to you in the last few years? We are so sad that your life ended today. I’m very sorry we couldn’t help you more. I will never forget what he did for me when we were teammates.” Hoogerland wrote. “Find your rest above us.”
We are shocked by the terrible news of Lieuwe Westra’s untimely death… we extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved one.
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
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