After the surprising announcement of an early retirement for Lieuwe Westra earlier this week the Dutch cyclist opened up about his reasons.
“I understand that for many [the announcement] came unexpectedly,” Westra said in a written statement.
“I am very sorry that I have to end my career this way. The last few months I have been trying to find my motivation and overcome my depression, but also because the two [legal] things running now I can not longer afford to send me to focus on my professional career. ”
Westra is reportedly involved with two legal disputes, one with his former agent and another with his brother-in-law and former business partner.
“I am supported by my family and will fully focus on my recovery — also get a handle the current [legal] cases. I hope I can overcome my depression in this way and can again enjoy everything.”