Koen de Kort will end his career as a cyclist after this season. The 38-year-old Gouwenaar, who lost three fingers after a serious accident in Andorra last June, will start working as a sports director at Trek-Segafredo.
De Kort had been thinking about a switch to the position of team leader for some time. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve wanted this for a while, so I’m really excited to get started,” De Kort said on the Trek-Segafredo website, where he has been under contract since 2017. Previously he drove for Liberty Seguros-Würth Team, Astana and Team Giant-Alpecin.
De Kort is happy to remain active at Trek. ,,After my fall I received messages from everyone in the team. That only reinforced my feeling of staying here. It feels like a family here.”
De Kort was forced to have three fingers amputated in June after a serious accident with a vehicle during an off-road trip. He was taken by helicopter to the hospital in Sabadell, Spain. He can continue to use his right hand in the future, according to doctors, as the thumb and index finger could be saved from amputation.
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