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by Mark Zalewski
June 2, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Rajablou wins climbing stage, Shorabi takes lead in Tour of Japan; Drucker wins Tour of Luxembourg prologue; After a promising Giro d’Italia, Joe Dombrowski’s stock is on the rise. Is a move in store?; Boonen suggests more motorcycles would increase safety; Simon Yates on Dauphine start list; Tour de Suisse to show rider data in real-time; Dutch name men’s squad for Rio road race; Boardman on Sutton: ‘Victim of lynch mob’; Australia’s only female CX national champ retires; US State Department issues travel alert around Tour de France; Riding the Rocacorba with David Millar; Motorist pulls weapon on cyclist in road rage incident.
Lisa Jacobs (Rapha-Focus CX), a three-time Australia national cyclocross champion, announced that she is retiring from racing due to ongoing health issues. She is Australia’s only ever female cyclocross national champ, and a trailblazer for the discipline in her country.
Lisa Jacobs is the only female national cyclocross champion Australia has ever had.
“The past three years of racing CX have been some of the happiest of my cycling career. It has been an honour to be national champion and a privilege to work with the best people and equipment in the world,” she said on her blog.
“The CX community around the world has been like a family to me. All these things make the decision to leave professional racing a difficult one.”
Jacobs began her career on the road in 2007 with the Australian National Talent ID & Development program. She raced in the women’s Giro d’Italia before switching to cyclocross. She represented Australia at the 2014 World Championships. She did all of this while working full-time as a lawyer.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with my health for the past few months. After failing to recover from my last European season I’ve realised that my body is no longer able to cope with the demands of a full CX season. In the past two years especially, between working full time and trying to train full time, I have been pushing my body beyond what is sustainable, and it has simply hit its limit.”
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