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by Shane Stokes
November 1, 2017
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The 2013 world scratch race champion Martyn Irvine has announced his second retirement from the sport, opting to leave his Aqua Blue Sport racing contract in favour of another role with the team. The Irishman originally retired from cycling in early 2016, but made his return this year. He said that he felt that he had unfinished business with the sport.
However he ran into complications. He previously suffered a fractured femoral head in 2013, weeks after winning his world title. His crash last May in the Baloise Belgium Tour caused a hairline fracture to his right hip. While he returned to ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and the Arctic Race of Norway, he hasn’t raced with the team since August.
“I want to thank Aqua Blue Sport and especially Rick Delaney for this great opportunity,” he said on Tuesday, referring to a directeur sportif role. “I decided to return to racing this year but when I broke a bone in my hip again this year I knew I had to take a serious look at where I wanted to go next.
“I have had a lot of injuries and there comes a point where the body just says no more. I have reached that point. I discussed this with Rick [Delaney, Aqua Blue Sport team owner] and he offered me the Sport Director role. It is the perfect fit for me and the right decision. It is a huge challenge and I have a huge amount to learn but I am really looking forward to 2018.”
Aqua Blue Sport General Manager Stephen Moore described the signing as a great move for the team. “It is always sad to see a great rider retire from competition but Martyn still has a huge amount to give to the sport,” he said. “With his enthusiasm and sharp intelligence he will be a huge help to our riders.”