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by Mark Zalewski
July 12, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Froome takes narrow lead into Tour’s first rest day: ‘It’s up to other teams now’; Joaquim Rodriguez to retire at end of season; Contador scheduled for medical review Tuesday; Dani King loses Olympic appeal; Bjarne Riis happy to see Tinkov leaving; Kittel, Martin publish demands for safety; Sunweb to move up to title sponsor of Giant-Alpecin team in 2017; Dutch lottery renews sponsorship for two year; Cannondale-Drapac riders keeping cool at night; Melbourne’s scariest cycling paths: Perception and reality collide; Tour de France, stage 9 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 9; Fans on the stage 8 final climb; Team Giant-Alpecin celebrates Dumoulin; Cycling in the rain!
Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez announced on the first rest day of the Tour de France that he will retire at the end of the season. He currently sits fifth overall, 37 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome (Sky).
Joaquin Rodriguez signs in wearing the maglia rosa after winning it from Hesjedal on yesterday’s hilltop finish in Assisi
“I still enjoy this sport so much but I am 37 years old. One day I will have to stop anyway and I prefer to do this when I am still riding at a high level,” Rodriquez said in a statement.
“I spoke about this already last year with my family. 2016 is a special year with the Tour de France coming to my Andorra. There are also the Olympic Games in Rio on a course that suits me very well. The most important reason to stop however is my family. They deserve to have me more with them. They always supported me. Now it’s my turn to support them.”
Rodriguez began as a stagiere for the ONCE program back in 2000. He finished 2015 in second place on the UCI ranking and has won three Tour de France stages and nine Vuelta a Espana stages over his career. He also has one-day race wins at the Tour of Lombardy and Flèche Wallonne.
“I will give my maximum like I did my whole career. I would be happy to finish my Tour career in top ten, but of course I still dream of another overall podium in Paris. The support I got yesterday on the Pyrenees roads helps me to go on till my last day in cycling. For the moment I have no idea what will be my last race. In theory Rio and Tour of Spain are still on my program.”