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by Neal Rogers
July 19, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes Stage 16 win at Tour de France after crosswinds wreak havoc; Brennauer seals GC victory at Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, Schneider takes Stage 6 win; Degenkolb upset, says Matthews ‘did not hold his line’ in Tour de France sprint; Bad day for Quick-Step at Tour de France as Kittel loses points, Martin loses time, Gilbert abandons; Bennett forced to abandon Tour de France with illness; Zubeldia to end 20-year career at San Sebastian; Cannondale-Drapac team in ‘super-promising’ negotiations with two potential sponsors; Pinarello announces Dogma F10 Disk; Silca reintroduces Pista floor pump, releases 100-year HX-One tool kit; Foundation announced in honor of American Chad Young; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 16 highlights; Video: The moment Michael Matthews realized he’d won Stage 16 at Tour de France.
Spaniard Haimar Zubeldia will retire in August after taking part in his 16th Tour de France, the Trek-Segafredo veteran said on Monday during a team press conference.
Zubeldia has five top-10 finishes at the Tour de France, his best result coming in 2007 when he ended up fourth in Paris. In all, he’s ridden 29 Grand Tours over a career than began in 1998 with Euskaltel-Euskadi.
“After so many kilometres and pedal strokes, the moment has arrived to announce that I’m saying goodbye to cycling at the Clásica San Sebastián,” Zubeldia said. “At 20 years old, with Euskaltel, I arrived in the peloton of Pantani, Zulle, Olano and Jalabert, full of hopes and dreams. There have been 20 years of magical moments with, among others, Ullrich, Basso, Armstrong and Beloki. Twenty years later, I’ll pin on my final dossard in the peloton of Froome and Contador. It has been a privilege to share this profession and passion with those great cyclists.”
Zubeldia’s final race will be the July 29 Clasica San Sebastian.