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by Mark Zalewski
February 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Campenaerts wins TT, Valverde takes over lead at Ruta del Sol; Castroviejo wins Volta ao Algarve TT, Roglic retains lead; Kristoff wins again at Tour of Oman; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke retires; Swiss CX champion Julien Taramarcaz retires; New Energy Tour unveils route; British Cycling to brief riders on upcoming independent review report; Driver allegedly deliberately clips British domestic team on training ride; Rider to tackle all 21 Giro stages on fat bike for charity; Tour of Oman, stage 3 highlights; Video: Alexis Ryan on the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour; Team Novo Nordisk: 2017 Season Kickoff.
Swiss national champion Julien Taramarcaz (ERA-Curcus) is retiring from cyclocross racing at the age of 29.
“It was a difficult, but an informed decision,” Taramarcaz said.
“I love cyclocross, but I had a very difficult year behind us and that makes it financially more difficult. I also have a family and at some point you have to make a choice. I say goodbye to my life as a racer. To cyclocross and the people it brought to me over the past three years, I am very thankful.”
Other than the national title he had only one win this season, at the Cyclocross International Sion-Valais. His best results this season were ninth at the Brico Cross Geraardsbergen and fourth at the SOUDAL Classics – Cyclocross Leuven.
He finished sixth at the 2013UCI World Championship, and finished 19th at the 2017 UCI World Championship in Bieles.