Sep 01, 2023 at 3:30 PM Update: 3 minutes ago
Senne Knaven has ended her cycling career. The twenty-year-old daughter of former riders Servais Knaven and Natascha den Ouden had a serious training accident in April, which made her doubt her future.
“Since my accident I have realized there is so much more to life,” Knaven writes on Instagram. In April, the rider drove full into a pole during a training session, after which she had to be removed by an air ambulance. The rider sustained a severe concussion and a broken rib from the fall.
Two weeks later she was back on her bike, but the accident left traces. “I started thinking a lot about what I want in life and realized that it’s not cycling at this level at the moment. I’ve lost the love for the sport and that’s something sad.”
“I feel like I can’t live my life to the fullest if I’m cycling at this level. It doesn’t give me happiness – which is one of the most important things in life.”
‘A bit scary, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter’
Knaven didn’t have the talent of a stranger: father Servais won Paris-Roubaix and a Tour stage, mother Natascha finished on the podium four times at the Dutch time trial championship. Senne rode with her sister Mirre at the promises of AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step, where her parents are on the staff.
The last race for Knaven was the Tour of Normandy, a month before her fall. She doesn’t know what her future looks like yet.
“It’s a bit scary, but I’m also very excited for the next chapter. I’ve met great people and made some really great friendships. I’m very grateful for that, but now it’s time to say goodbye to the professional cycling world.”