Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI insists no reduction to team sizes in 2017; Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’; One less WorldTour team in 2017? Rider agent ‘very concerned’ about Chinese team TJ Sport; Velon creating new race series; Stefan Schumacher signs with; Kenyan cyclist who lost leg in crash talks about life after amputation; Tom Boonen: I needed a sports psychologist after Abu Dhabi Tour crash; Cameron Wurf returning to pro racing with triathlon ambitions; Four days of Dunkirk reveals course and name change to Tour des Hauts-de-France; Giro del Trentino becomes Tour of the Alps; 2017 Oceania Track Cycling Championships; Record-setting attempt to ride around Great Britain underway; Strava calculates the fastest cyclists by country; KASK extends sponsorship with Team Sky; Christian Meier on his final pro race; Adorable cyclocross racer shows how barriers are done.

Jack Bobridge on retiring at 27: ‘At the end of the day health comes first’

by Matt de Neef

In an interview last week with the Adelaide Advertiser, Australian track and road cyclist Jack Bobridge revealed he was retiring from professional cycling at age 27. The news came three months after he’d mooted the possibility of leaving the sport, having ended his 2016 road season ahead of schedule. CyclingTips’ Australian editor Matt de Neef spoke with Bobridge to learn more about his decision to hang up the wheels, the extent of the rheumatoid arthritis that plagued him throughout his career, his favourite memories from the road and the track, and what might come next. Here is an excerpt:

Bobridge leaves the sport at just 27 — still young by any measure — having spent six years racing at WorldTour level and many more representing his country on the track. But despite leaving the sport so young, he’s got much to be proud of as he looks back at his career on the bitumen and on the boards.

A thrilling solo win at the 2015 Tour Down Under sticks in the memory (see video below) as do his two national titles on the road, both also from solo moves. His late escape on stage 5 of the 2010 Eneco Tour also netted an impressive victory.

On the track, Bobridge earned himself three world titles, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, and two Olympic silver medals. But despite these accolades, Bobridge hesitates when asked to recall his favourite memories; the results he’s most proud of.

“One of my best road moments was probably when I won the U23 Worlds TT in Mendrisio in 2009,” he said after a pause. “Only because [I] was the first ever Aussie to win a U23 World Road Title and it was also special because [U23 coach] Brian Stephens at the time — I think he’d done 18 years with U23s and never won one, and he was retiring at the end of that year. So it was nice to see the smile on his face and to get a world title out of the guys he’s looked after for so many years.”

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