The three one-day races in the weekend was the last bike races for Sindre Lunke as a professional cyclist. The 27 year old Norwegian changes pace and turns his focus towards his newly started education studying economics.
“It feels like a natural decision for me. During this corona-break, I found much enjoyment in my other interests, and I don’t have the same motivation for the training or races anymore, so it feels like a natural step in my life right now”, says Sindre Lunke as his career in professional cycling has come to an end. “It’s going to be a very different lifestyle all of a sudden, and there are definitely things that I will miss about it, but I’m not sad that it is over.”
Sindre Lunke turned professional in 2016 with the Team Giant - Alpecin WorldTour team after an impressive year on the U23 calendar, where he finished 7th overall in Tour de l’Avenir amongst other great results. A step up to the WorldTour that produced some of his greatest memories.
“Racing on the Italian roads at the Giro d’Italia in 2017 on the winning team with Tom Dumoulin was really special. I’ll never forget that. Also last year in Arctic Race of Norway with Riwal was a special experience, where I finished 6th overall.”
“There’s not really anything I regret not achieving. Of course I could have wanted better results here and there in my career, but I’ve always done the best I could.”
In 2019 Sindre transferred to Riwal Securitas Cycling Team, where he now ends his career. The two years back on Scandinavian soils feels like the perfect way of ending 8 years of riding for various cycling teams in Europe, he says.
“I didn’t have the best year in 2018, so coming back to a Scandinavian team last year felt like coming home. It’s been two great years with a lot of great colleagues both riders and staff. I really hope to see them continue next year and follow them in the future. But now it will be on the sideline”, ends Sindre Lunke.