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After seven years in the European peloton, Cannondale-Garmin rider Ted King has confirmed that he will hang up his wheels at the end of the current season.
“I’ll forever love this sport and consider myself grateful to have earned such an international career,” he stated Tuesday, announcing that he was months away from hanging up his wheels.
Although he raced as a domestique rather than picked up big results of his own, King is a respected member of the peloton and his ridden in some of the sport’s top events. These include the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, as well as Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and the worlds.
He said that riding those events and the memories from them were highlights for him.
“I can picture each of these vividly and that’s something I’ll value forever,” he said.
Having turned professional in 2006 with the Priority Health squad, he remained there for three seasons before riding for two years with the Cervélo Test Team. When that folded he went to Liquigas-Cannondale and remained there until the team ceased to exist at the end of last season.
He was one of several riders who moved across with the title sponsor to his current team, and said that being there was also something he is pleased about.
“I’m grateful to spend my last pro season on an American team with Cannondale-Garmin,” he said. “Across the board I’m extremely happy here — my teammates, the directors, sponsors, camaraderie, and obviously the fans are all greater than I could have expected. It may seem like an odd contrast to decide to retire now when things are at such a high point, but I’m ready to tackle a new phase.
“That being said, I’m more inspired to thrive in the peloton than ever before and finish the season in the greatest way possible.”
He plans to concentrate on the UnTapped maple syrup energy gel company he co-founded last year. He indicated that he will continue to be involved in cycling in other ways, saying that social, environmental and health causes related to cycling such as the Krempels King of the Road Challenge are important for him.