Former Dutch cyclist Lieuwe Westra, known as ‘The Beast’, dies at 40

His physique was present in his workplace this Saturday afternoon.

Lieuwe Westra in a picture taken in 2016.KRISTOF VAN ACCOMAFP

Former Dutch bicycle owner Lieuwe Westra, referred to as ‘the Beast’ for his highly effective model, has died on the age of 40 after endure from despair for a very long timeas reported this Sunday by his biographer and the nation’s media.

His physique was discovered on Saturday in his workplace, close to Enkhuizen (northwest of the nation), as specified by the radio ‘Omrop Fryslan’. “It was too late for any try at resuscitation,” he provides.

His biographer, Thomas Sijtsma, has assured on Twitter that “lately the previous runner has fought a battle towards himself and has misplaced it”, later including: “Relaxation in peace, Beast“.

Born in 1982, Westra made the leap to skilled biking in 2009 with the Vacansoleil group. The identical yr he achieved his first stage victory and the general victory within the Tour of Picardy.

His first stage victory in a WorldTour occasion was in 2012, throughout the Paris-Good, ending second general behind the British Bradley Wiggins. He himself gained the Return to Denmark.

In 2014 Westra added stage victories within the Tour of Catalonia and within the Dauphin, along with assist Vincenzo Nibali win the Tour de France.

He retired unexpectedly in 2017. “He made the choice for private causes, he had stated the earlier autumn that he suffered from despair, primarily after a failed love affair, elevating doubts about his biking profession,” says the Dutch nationwide company ANP.

In his biography, revealed in 2018, he acknowledged having used cortisone, a substance prohibited by anti-doping rules. “I injected it to go quicker, to win prizes and obtain reward,” she stated.