Karsten Kroon Retires After Impressive Career

A household name in cycling takes a bow and retires definitively from his active career. Karsten Kroon has had a career covering three decades. He turned pro in 1997 and has spent seven seasons with Tinkoff-Saxo. Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup and after returning home, he confirms that it was the right decision. “I feel fortunate. I have had a great career with many … [Read more...]

2010 Tour de France Winner Andy Schleck Retires From Cycling

MONDORF-LES-BAINS, Luxembourg, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France, on Thursday announced his retirement after failing to recover from a knee injury. "I'm obviously disappointed to end my career like this," said the 29-year-old Schleck. "I would have liked to keep on fighting but my knee just doesn't allow it. Since my crash in the UK … [Read more...]

Britain’s Beijing Champ Cooke Retires

LONDON, Jan 14, 2013 (AFP) - Nicole Cooke, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games road race gold medallist announced Monday she was retiring from cycling with immediate effect. The 29-year-old Welshwoman, who also won the world road race title in 2008 and so became the first rider to take both major events in the same year, said on www.cyclingweekly.co.uk: "I am very happy with my career. I have … [Read more...]

Oscar Freire Retires From Cycling

BOURGES, France, Oct 4, 2012 - Three-time world champion Oscar Freire has finally brought the curtain down on his illustrious career and retired from cycling, his Katusha team confirmed on Thursday. The 36-year-old Freire, world champion in 1999, 2001 and 2004, has not raced since competing at the world championships at Valkenburg, the Netherlands on September 23 when he finished … [Read more...]

Aussie Sprinter Robbie McEwen Retires From Racing

LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2012 (AFP) - Australian cycling star Robbie McEwen retired on Sunday after the final stage of the Tour of California, concluding a 17-year professional career saw him capture 12 Tour de France stage victories. The 39-year-old from Brisbane was among the world's greatest sprinters at the peak of his career, which also saw him win 12 stages of both the Giro d'Italia … [Read more...]

Former Yellow Jersey Wearer Dessel Retires

PARIS, Sept 14, 2011 - Frenchman Cyril Dessel of the AG2R La Mondiale team announced his retirement from the professional peloton Wednesday. Dessel, 36, thus ends a career which includes victories in the Tour of the Med, the Tour de l'Ain and stage wins in the Four Days of Dunkirk, the Tour of Catalunya and the Dauphine Libere. "The life of every professional athlete must come to an end … [Read more...]

Markus Zberg Retires After 14 Years As Pro

BMC Racing Team's Markus Zberg retires after 14 years as a pro After his high-speed crash this past Sunday at the Tour de l'Ain, the two-time Swiss National Champion had to end his season abruptly in light of the heavy injuries he received. The 35 year old from Urne, Switzerland broke the iliac crest on his pelvis as well as a rib. Additional medical examinations will clarify whether there … [Read more...]