Jolien D’hoore will start as sports director at the Dutch cycling team NXTG Racing from the beginning of next year. She will combine that position with a job as a performance coach at Cycling Vlaanderen.
The 31-year-old D’hoore is in her last weeks as a professional rider. After Paris-Roubaix on October 2, she puts an end to her active career. On Wednesday it was already announced that she will start working at Cycling Vlaanderen, a day later cycling team NXTG Racing announced her arrival as sports director. She will take the U23 under her wing.
“I am really looking forward to my new adventure with NXTG Racing. This team has a clear vision of women’s cycling that I fully endorse. It is very important that they give young riders the opportunity to develop in a safe environment’, says D’hoore. ‘I have a lot of experience in cycling and I want to convey all those things to the girls. I am very happy to be part of NXTG Racing and I look forward to next season.”
D’hoore started her cycling career in the youth series and grew to become world champion and multiple Olympic athlete. She is the leading lady of Belgian women’s cycling, with medals and titles at national and international level and an example for many young girls who start cycling. In a week and a half she will ride her last race before she starts a new road. After that, gender equality in cycling in Flanders will be central to her life thanks to a collaboration with Cycling Vlaanderen.