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Retired Dutch Cyclist Lieuwe Westra Passes Away At Age 40

Lieuwe Westra
Lieuwe Westra; image credits - Medico Topics

Westra, known as “the Beast” for his aggressive riding style, was found dead on Saturday at his place of work close to the northwest Dutch city of Enkhuizen, according to family sources cited by local television Omrop Fryslan.

Lieuwe Westra

Lieuwe Westra; image credits – The Mirror

Lieuwe Westra’s Cause Of Death

Lieuwe Westra, a former Dutch cyclist who finished second to Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Paris Nice, has passed away at the age of 40 after a lengthy battle with depression, according to his biographer and Dutch media. Westra was a member of the Astana squad that assisted Vincenzo Nibali in winning the 2014 Tour de France. He won stages in the Tour of Catalonia and the Criterium du Dauphine that year.

Lieuwe Westra’s Biography

Westra detailed his drug incidents in Het Beest, a meticulous biography he released after retiring. Commemorations from the professional cycling community have already started to flood in, notably from Johnny Hoogerland, a former teammate. Westra, who was born in Friesland in 1982, began his career in 2009 when he joined the Vacansoleil group.

Lieuwe Westra’s Career

Westra won the Tour de Picardie in his debut year as a professional and was predicted to become one of the greatest Dutch cyclists. In the 2012 Paris-Nice race, he won a stage to earn his first World Tour triumph. He finished second overall to Tour de France and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins. Westra won the first of his two national time trial championships that year, as well as the Tour of Denmark. He abruptly stopped competing in professional cycling in 2017.


1. When did Lieuwe Westra die?

Ans. 14 January 2023

2. When is Lieuwe Westra’s birthday?

Ans. 11 September 1982

3. What is the biography of Lieuwe Westra?

Ans. Het Beest

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