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by Mark Zalewski

July 23, 2016

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Jesse Sergent announces retirement

by CyclingTips

Kiwi Jesse Sergent has retired from professional cycling, with his coach reporting the news. The 28-year-old rode this year for AG2R-La Mondiale this year, after many seasons with Trek-sponsored teams.

Tirreno Adriatico 2015 - stage 3

“It’s been a tough 12 months for Jesse, with that crash he had last year, with the car hitting him,” his coach Mike McRedmond said. Sergent crashed in 2015 at the Tour of Flanders when he was struck by a neutral service vehicle.

“That was a big setback. They thought it would take six to eight weeks, but it took him three months because they ballsed up the operation.” That put a dampener on his year and then he changed teams and going into a French-speaking team is a very hard transition.”

Sergent progressed to the WorldTour through the Trek-Livestrong development programme, and then signed with the then Trek-sponsored RadioShack team.

He had moved to AG2R-LaMondiale team at the start of 2016 with a two-year deal.

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