Pieter Serry turns 27: “I’m more motivated than ever”
Although he didn't have the smooth road he had wished for since turning pro, the Belgian is confident luck will turn his face to him and he'll finally get on the right track and land that victory that will take his career into a totally new dimension.
Pieter Serry knows what it means to crash. To get injured. To have your plans shattered and your dreams put on hold. But he also knows how to fight back, to work hard in order to return even stronger, and to rely on the support of the ones surrounding you. He got to experience all these once again, in November, as he crashed during a mountain bike riding a couple of weeks ago and as a result was diagnosed with a basal skull fracture, a broken tooth and several superficial wounds.
But not even this setback could make Pieter Serry lose his optimism, which looks to be more solid than ever, especially today, when he turns 27 years old: "I'm really happy, because I have my family and friends with me, but the best present is that I can go out with my bike. The recovery is going well, I began riding a couple of days ago and I enjoyed every moment spent with my Specialized. Today I'm celebrating with the family, but I can't wait to go to the December training camp and start building-up for 2016."
It wasn't just the family that was close to Pieter during these three weeks, but also the Etixx – Quick-Step team, with the medical staff by his side and the sports directors talking with him in more than one occasion so that together they could plan next season, thus proving that the team is a second family, as the 27-year-old underlined: "It wasn't an easy year, I crashed a lot, but I still got good results, like the team time trial win in the Czech Tour and my second place in a stage of the Tour de Wallonie. Despite the fact I didn't notch a victory, I was happy every time the team got a success. When somebody wins, is the win of the entire team and that gives me joy."
Next season will be Pieter's fourth with Etixx – Quick-Step and could signal a new beginning in his career, one which he hopes is going to take him on a road that will finally bring that much desired victory: "It was my dream to turn pro and race with a big team, which I did. Now I'm prepared and very motivated to make a new step. I'm still young and the future lies ahead of me, so I hope that one day I'll raise my arms to the sky and feel that beautiful emotion of getting a win."