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by Shane Stokes
November 1, 2017
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Although she is just 28, Australian rider Carlee Taylor has announced that she is retiring from professional cycling. The Alé Cipollini rider stated the news via instagram and the Peloton Brief website, then later elaborated on Twitter.
“The rumours are true. I will be retiring from professional female cycling. This definitely hasn’t been an easy decision for me, as cycling has been my life for pretty much my whole life,” she stated. “However since my crash earlier this year I have been struggling a lot mentally. I never really got my confidence back, and was quite noticeably scared in the peloton.
“And when you know where you used to be, still train hard and go to races that suit you only to constantly have your head that lets you down, it makes a sport that is already hard even harder.”
Taylor has competed with teams such as Lotto Soudal, Orica-AIS and Liv-Plantur. Her results include a stage in the 2010 Tour Féminin en Limousin, second on a stage of La Route de France and third overall in both that race and the Trophée D’or Féminin.
She said that she plans to ride the Santos Tour Down Under as her farewell race, and to remain involved in cycling while also working. She said that ideally she would be able to combine both.
See here for her full Twitter message.