posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 02:34 PM
Belgium's Johan Museeuw, one of the
tour's finest one-day cyclists, will retire from the sport on Wednesday.Museeuw, who was in a coma following a motorcycle crash in 2000, calls time on
a 16-year career punctuated by 11 classic victories.
The 38-year-old almost ended his career with a record equalling fourth victory in the Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday, but a puncture saw him slip to
fifth. Museeuw was winner of the Paris-Roubaix in 1996, 2000 and 2002. Only compatriot Roger de Vlaeminck had won the race, known as the "Hell of the
North", more. After winning the 2000 title he crossed the line pointing at the knee he injured in a dramatic crash in the "Aremberg trench" which
nearly ended his career. This time, he crossed the line hand in hand with last year's champion Peter van Petegem. The Quick Step Davitamon team leader
will officially retire on Wednesday at the Grand Prix de l'Escaut in Belgium.He was world road champion in 1996 in Lugano having also won the World
Cup and the Belgian championship.He made a name for himself by taking two Tour de France stages in 1990. He wore the race leader's yellow jersey
twice, in 1993 and 1994, during the reign of five-times winner Miguel Indurain.