Hofland retires due to stomach issues

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Dutchman Moreno Hofland decided to retire after being unable to control gastrointestinal issues that hampered his ability to train and run. The 30-year-old signed with EF Education-Nippo in 2019 and stayed with the team this year after extending the contracts of most riders as the COVID-19 pandemic deprived the team of many racing opportunities .

Hofland took the start of three races – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in February and GP de Wallonia this month – but did not finish any.

According to BNdeSTem.nl, Hofland suffered from intestinal ischemia, a painful condition in which blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract is restricted. Hofland said his problem was exercise-induced.

“I have to stop unfortunately,” said Hofland. “Tests have shown that I am suffering from gastrointestinal ischemia. It means my stomach does not get enough blood during sports. It must have seeped in the last few years, but since this year I have also a lot of stomach pain during intensive training. “

Hofland started with the Rabobank development team in 2010 and signed his first pro contract with Blanco, the WorldTour team that emerged from the Rabobank team after the title sponsor left amid doping scandals. Hofland stayed with the team that first transformed into Belkin, with whom he won a Paris-Nice stage in 2014, then a Tour de Yorkshire and ZLM Tour stage with Lotto-Jumbo in 2015. He then spent two years with Lotto Soudal, winner of the Famenne Ardenne Classic in 2017.

He had hoped to reinvent himself with EF Education-Nippo and focus more on the classics than a sprinter, but after a promising start to 2020, with two stage podiums at the Herald Sun Tour, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit and he never regained his form again.

Medication and changes in nutrition did nothing to reverse the problem, he said. “In the long run, there is nothing you can do but decide, with pain in your heart, that your best athletic career is over.”

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