The news came earlier this week, that Kevin Pauwels would hang up his bike at the end of this season. Who could blame him for that? As many commentators noted, he was unlucky enough to not only to catch the tail end of the Nys/Stybar rule, but also experience the Van Aert/van der Poel domination. I always liked the quiet Belgian and he was always high on my annual ‘Who deserves the rainbow jersey at the Worlds this year’ list. I always felt that he was misunderstood by the Belgian media and there was a lot more to discover behind the famously short answers. If you have a few minutes, please read my good friend, Dan Seaton’s excellent feature on him from 2015, it will shed some light on who Pauwels really is. His future is unclear at the moment, I just hope he finds his way in this new chapter of his life.