In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain
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Announcing the end of a long career which earned him stage wins in the Vuelta a España, Paris-Nice, the Volta a Catalunya and other events, plus victory in the world track championships, Greg Henderson has reflected on his time in the sport. The 40-year-old Kiwi competed for teams such as T-Mobile, Team Sky and Lotto-Belisol prior to moving to UnitedHealthcare this season and winding things up in the Colorado Classic. He helped many big names to major victories, including Andre Greipel.
Here’s an excerpt:
I was a pretty quick sprinter also but never on the level on the road as Greipel, Cavendish, Kittel. If I was to beat these guys I had to use all my track craft and positioning skills and try start a few bike lengths in front. It didn’t happen very often.
So, I quickly realised, if I want to be really good and have longevity in the sport of cycling I should focus a lot of energy into this area of my riding. Who better to help than my good friend and beast of a bike rider Andre Greipel. His one chink in his armour was…positioning!! Bingo…let’s work together.
Coincidentally or not, Henderson’s departure has coincided with Greipel struggling to position himself well in races, something he spoke about recently with regret.
Click through to read more at Henderson’s website.