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April 14, 2004

The Lion at rest

Eurosport | Museeuw retires

Johan Museeuw's last race was no fairy tale. He finished 77th in the Grand Prix de l'Escaut, finishing a 16-year career with 11 victories in the spring classics, and the 1996 world championships.

Museeuw won 2 Tour de France stages in 1990, and wore the leader's yellow jersey in 1993 and 1994. He also won the World Cup and Belgian championships in 1996.

"I hope I will be remembered as a rider who always gave his all. I'm very proud of what I've achieved during my career," the 38-year-old said.

"There have been so many good and bad moments but I think the best was when I won the Tour of Flanders in 1995 because I won it on my own after attacking on the legendary Muur of Grammont climb. My world title in Lugano in 1996 was also very special."

Museeuw will become a director of the QuickStep team. He can take some solace in the fact that QuickStep's Tom Boonen won the day in his last race.

Posted by Frank Steele on April 14, 2004 in Johan Museeuw | Permalink

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