Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 2, 2016

In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mateos wins in Portugal, Vinhas retains lead; Sagan and Specialized ink three year deal with Bora-hansgrohe; Nicolas Roche confirms move to BMC Racing Team in 2017; Kreuziger joins Orica-BikeExchange, aims to help team’s young riders in Grand Tours; RideLondon sportive rider dies of cardiac arrest; Rio velodrome given Aussie stamp of approval; Hesjedal to retire at end of season; Lobato signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; Merida to sponsor Bahrain Cycling Team; Tinkov blasts UCI decision to ban Russian cyclists from Olympics; Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic: On-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass: Classica San Sebastian; How many bikes do you own?

Hesjedal to retire at end of season

by CyclingTips

Former Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo) announced on Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2016 season. The 35-year-old Canadian has raced professionally, first on the mountain bike before switching to the road, for 17 years.

Giro d'Italia 2012 stage 21

“It definitely wasn’t an easy decision, but it seemed like the right time,” said Hesjedal in a statement. “I am ready to move on to other challenges in life. It’s been two decades focusing on the competition of cycling in two different disciplines, and now I want to use that experience in other ways.”

He began his road career on the US Postal squad before switching to Jonathan Vaughters’ Slipstream organization. He won the Giro d’Italia in 2012 on the final stage and also had stage wins in the Vuelta a España, a second place in the Amstel Gold Race and fifth overall in the 2010 Tour de France. In 2015, Hesjedal finished fifth in the Giro and was at the end of contract with the Cannondale team. He moved to Trek-Segafredo in a one year deal to try for the Giro one more time, but abandoned the race due to illness.

“I am indebted to Luca (Guercilena) and Trek-Segafredo for believing in me and giving me another stab at the Giro, but things just didn’t work out with me getting sick. 2016 is not finished and I am highly motivated for the final races. When I leave it will be knowing that I gave everything until my last race.

“I am really grateful for my time in the sport and for all of the support I have received over the years from my teams, family, friends and especially the fans. I truly love cycling and to be able to race at the level I have for so many years has been everything I dreamed it would be since I was a kid and just riding for fun. I want to get back to that and do different things on the bike and in life in general.”