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by Neal Rogers
July 11, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Froome speaks out on Aru, Porte, and the week to come at Tour de France; Majka abandons Tour de France with multiple contusions; Quintana: ‘Anything can still happen’ at Tour de France; Porte on Tour-ending crash: ‘I’m lucky I’ve come away with the injuries I have’; 18 months after brain injury, Adriano Malori announces retirement as pro cyclist; Zakarin extends with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage Pass, Stage 9 of Tour de France; Video: Team Sunweb goes inside Warren Barguil’s hectic, emotional finish on Stage 9 of Tour de France
At a Movistar Team press conference at the Tour de France, and backed by team manager Eusebio Unzué and his teammates racing the Tour, Adriano Malori announced his retirement from professional cycling. The 29-year-old Italian — a silver medalist at the 2015 world time-trial championship, a maglia rosa wearer at the Giro d’Italia, and a stage winner at the Vuelta a España — never fully recovered from neurological injuries sustained in a serious crash in January 2016 at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.
“We all knew what happened in Argentina,” Malori said. “I’ve spent two years battling against that dreadful day, and I won, even though it wasn’t a complete victory. My goal in life, though — and that’s what I’ve explained to Eusebio — was to do something special in cycling. It won’t be possible to do it as a rider, so it will have to be in another day. Today marks the start of ‘Adriano Malori 2.0’. I’ve already spent one month learning some cycling science, trying to work my way in the future as one who can help on that. I’m getting lots of support from the Italian Federation, as well as two friends who are part of this team, Mikel Zabala and Manu Mateo.
“I’ve given everything to try and become a professional cyclist again, but this year’s results have been quite evident. At the Volta ao Alentejo, I only rode 80km. In the Vuelta a Castilla y León, I barely managed to ride 30km. Giving it a try was the only way to know if I was ready or not. I can still ride a bike leisurely, but the racing is not something I can cope with.
“Still, my recovery has been impressive. And it’s not my word, rather than the doctors’. That’s the first positive conclusion I draw from this — everyone who suffers from the same injuries I did can now know there’s someone like me who got back from his suffering, one who defied all knowledge and beat his illness. It’s the most important side of my story. It’s about bringing hope to many people, even it I wasn’t able to come back as a top rider. As I said during the ‘Informe Robinson’ documentary we recorded back in November: if you want to do something, you can. I’ll always say that, and that’s the message everyone should follow.”