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Multiple Spanish champion Sanchis choses motherhood over pro cycling

by VeloClub

Double Spanish national road race and four-time national time trial champion Anna Sanchis has announced her retirement from the sport, saying that having a baby has led to a rethink about what she wants at this point in time.

The 30-year-old rider made the announcement via the Wiggle High5 website, saying that she is experiencing feelings of “enthusiasm, nervousness and some sorrow” to say goodbye after 11 years as a pro. “I’ve lived a really different last season because of my pregnancy, and although I thought after having my baby I could return to the competition, now I just want to be with my family,” she stated. “I don’t feel ready and motivated for another season as a professional cyclist.

“It has been a decade dedicated to cycling, in which I’ve lived unique and extraordinary experiences such as participating in some [editions of the] Giro d’Italia and the Olympic Games. I have had the good fortune to meet incredible people. Now I can only thank cycling for the values of effort, perseverance and overcoming that it has taught me during all these years and that will surely help me in my new life.”

In addition to her national championship successes, she also took top ten finishes in the Grand Prix de Plumelec, La Classique Morbihan and the Giro dell’Emilia. She has been with the Wiggle High5 team since the start of 2014. She thanked the squad, her family and others for their support, and said she was looking forward to what is to come next.

“I say goodbye to the competition with the feeling of having given everything at every moment, happy with my sports career and very happy. Now I start a new stage in which I hope to continue close to cycling. I hope to be able to convey to the youngest [riders] the same passion for this sport that someone transmitted to me long time ago.”