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Goesinnen Retires from Drapac to Study
6 Nov, 2014
Floris Goesinnen has decided to call time on his cycling career, following his final appearance with Drapac Professional Cycling at last month’s Tour of Hainan.
 
Goesinnen, now 31, represented the Australian-based team from 2011 through 2014. Nine years after his cycling career as a professional began with Skil-Shimano, the Dutchman has decided to return to university to obtain his Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences.
 
A powerful all-rounder, Goesinnen looks back on this time with fondness.
 
“With Skil-Shimano we started out with a young team and I got to live the highlights of my sports career in the spring classics, where we managed to get a lot of exposure. Those are the races you dream about when you’re a kid,” he explained.
 
“Later, I joined Drapac Professional Cycling, and I really enjoyed their philosophy where personal development is the focus as well as the different cultures I encountered. If you ask me to name an example, I will tell you about the Tour of Japan with a stage finish on Mt Fuji and the welcome the fans in Tokyo gave us.”
 
Goesinnen rode to three outstanding victories over his time with Drapac, all in 2012 – a stage of Flèche du Sud, and then an impressive double in consecutive one-day races the Melbourne to Warrnambool and the Shipwreck Coast Classic.
 
Jonathan Breekveldt, General Manager of Drapac Professional Cycling wishes Goesinnen well in his endeavours post-cycling.
 
“Floris has been a great ambassador for Drapac over the past four seasons and we are confident in his ability to continue to achieve in whatever he does off the bike. As a rider, he fulfilled the team’s ideals – Floris is multi-dimensional and we congratulate him on that. He completed his Bachelor’s degree over his time as a professional cyclist and he’s recently become a father.
 
“Drapac Professional Cycling thanks him for his efforts.”
 
After four years of travelling the world with Australian team Drapac Professional Cycling he will now have to get used to the quiet life in and around Maastricht, the Netherlands.
 
“I will probably spend most of my time inside the University, at the day care center [Goesinnen became a dad in September] and inside my own home. This is a choice I made and I am glad that I’m able to get my Master’s after having obtained a Bachelor during my cycling days.”
 
Goesinnen, born in the province of Noord Holland, hopes to get his Masters degree in Human Movement Sciences in June.
 
“In the mean time I want to look around to see if I can put my scientific knowledge and professional experience to good use within the sport,” he said. “There is nothing solid right now, but I am confident that something interesting will come along.”


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