Kenny van Hummel has announced he is retiring from professional cycling. He has been unable to find a team for the 2015 season. The Dutch sprinter notched up numerous wins during his career including stages in the Four Days of Dunkirk and Tour of Belgium.
“Unfortunately I have to conclude that I have not been able to find a team, at a respectable level, who is willing to offer me a contract for the 2015 season”, the sprinter told NuSport. “Therefore, I have decided to end my career immediately.”
He had previously raced with Skil-Shimano and Vacansoleil-DCM and this past season with Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela. He claimed two victories in 2014, stages in both the Tour of Azerbaijan and the Tour de Langkawi.
Van Hummel is also well remembered for his battle to hang on in the 2009 Tour de France. He struggled to make the time cut in the mountainous stages, and ASO’s Jean François Peucheux unfairly called him “the worst climber ever in the Tour de France.” Van Hummel battled on courageously though, just about making it inside the time limits on a daily basis. He eventually had to withdraw though after a crash on stage seventeen.