Matthijs Büchli stops as track sprinter.
The 28-year-old from North Holland, who took silver on the keirin at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and was part of the gold team sprint team in Tokyo, will ride for the road formation of BEAT Cycling.
"The past twelve years as a sprinter on the track have been great, but I have also started to find it monotonous in recent years. That combined with achieving almost all my goals, gives me the feeling that I have come full circle as a sprinter" , says Büchli on Thursday.
The fact that he will no longer compete in the sprint parts does not have to mean a final goodbye from the track.
"I'm looking forward to transforming myself into an endurance rider. Mainly on the road, but I also look at the endurance parts on the track with a slanted eye."
The partner of track cyclist and former speed skater Laurine van Riessen already started in the Ster van Zwolle this autumn and finished his first road race with the elite riders.
"I had already gained the necessary experience with the newcomers and juniors. It was nice to drive a real road race again after at least ten years. It felt like old times."
Büchli finished second behind Briton Jason Kenny in Rio in 2016.
Three years later, he took his only individual world title in Pruszków, Poland, also on the keirin.
This year, the sprinter was part of the track team that won Olympic gold in Tokyo, although he only competed in the qualifying round.Keywords: