In recent news, sportsman Thomas Voeckler has expressed his wish to retire in the next season saying that the tour had given him all his desires.
The Frenchman has proceeded to setup a date for retirement as he announced that he plans to hang his wheels and stop competing after the upcoming 2017 tour de France championship.
Voeckler, who will be turning 38 when he officially concludes his last competition, has had a fulfilling career and has given his fans quite a lot of joy over the years.
The Frenchman will arrive at ChampsElysees to receive an emotional farewell that will mark the end of a time on the track that consists of 15 consecutive tours. An enthusiast of the sport will recall Voeckler’s performances in 2004 and 2011 where he competed clad in yellow jersey and showed a great degree of resilience as he held on defiantly for so long refusing to fall behind and finished with his best ever overall position.
Voeckler has a total of four stage wins, and of these four, he achieved the last two at the 2012 tour. It was at this same event that he had claimed his polka dot jersey and earned the title “king of the mountains”.
“Unless something unexpected happens, the end of my career will be Champs-elysees 2017. Without regrets, Thanks to everyone” Voeckler said on twitter addressing his retirement plans.
In an interview with L’Equippe, Voeckler said;
“The tour has given me everything, so I will end it where it all began. It was a tough decision to make. I was losing sleep over it and then one day, it appeared to me so clearly and I said to myself, you’ll do one last tour and then you will stop.”
Thomas Voeckler has shown himself to be a true example of a classic rider.