April 14, 2004
The Lion at rest
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.
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