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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
A clear outcome of the many teams closing at the end of the year is the retirement announcement by Italian Matteo Tosatto, who has raced for the Tinkoff team the past six years. However, he was unable to find a contract for the next season.
“I’m not going to beg for another contact,” he told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 42-year-old has had a 20-year career, racing in 34 Grand Tours in support of many GC podiums.
As the top Tinkoff riders secured contracts with new teams, including contracts for their support riders, Tosatto said he was led to believe he would be following Alberto Contador to Trek Factory Racing. However, the contract never materialised and he has decided that enough is enough.
“I’m convinced that I could’ve ridden another year at a high level, like the one that I just had. I’m OK with it. Mentally, I’ve already started to unplug.”
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