It was a shock for Wesley Kreder when he suddenly suffered a heart attack at the end of August. Fortunately for the 32-year-old Dutchman, his wife was immediately there to administer first aid. The Cofidis rider then thought he would continue as a professional rider, but on the advice of his doctor he is now calling it quits.
"After the heart attack I had, I told myself that I could get back to the high level and race. But my doctor assured me that stopping was the best and wisest solution," says Kreder.
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Kreder suffered from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. To keep the risk of another heart attack as low as possible, he is calling it a day. "I know the sacrifices and level of fitness required to perform at the highest level, but that is not compatible with what I had. The decision was not easy, but when I look at my children and my family, I know I did what had to be done. I've had a good career, I want to remember the positive. I will now spend time with my children and my wife and enjoy life as a family."
What the future will bring is still a mystery to Kreder. He is not thinking about working for the time being. "I want to wait a little longer before I start looking for a job. I hope my story will help people say that the best lesson is that life is too short not to love it. And I will try to take advantage of it too.