In the middle of his third professional season, Belgian Thomas Raeymaekers will retire from racing to treat ongoing health issues related to Crohn’s disease, a condition he was diagnosed with earlier this year.
Raeymaekers, one of Team Novo Nordisk’s youngest riders, will assume a new role with the team as an athlete ambassador, supporting the team’s outreach efforts around world and showing other athletes living with diabetes what may be possible.
“It was my lifelong dream to race professionally and I was able to fulfill that dream as a member of Team Novo Nordisk,” said Raeymaekers. “While my career has been cut unexpectedly short, I look forward to remaining part of the team and continuing to help inspire, educate and empower the 387 million people around the world affected by diabetes.”
“As a professional team, we lose a fierce competitor who thrived in tough conditions and left every ounce he had on the road; but as an organization, we gain a tremendous ambassador who will play an equally important role,” said Team Novo Nordisk CEO and co-founder, Phil Southerland. “Thomas is an athlete who doesn’t let diabetes stop him from pursuing his dreams on or off the bike and he is an inspiration to many.”