After an amazing and well-decorated career, Australian cyclist Robbie McEwen has decided to go into retirement.

McEwen whose career lasted for 17 years during which he obtained several victories and medal retired after completing the tour of California.

During his time on the track, McEwen achieve 12 victories and medals on the tour the France stage, needless to say, an amazing feat. At the peak of his career, McEwen had been reputed as quite the extraordinary cyclist; the 39 year old was ranked among the greatest sprinters in the world to have ever graced the circuit.

The cyclist from Brisbane went on to win different decorations on the tour de France stage, McEwen won the sprinters classification of the tour the France three times and in addition to that, he has a record of 12 stage wins in both the tour of his homeland, and the Giro d’italia.

No doubt, his retirement is a sad conclusion to what has been one of the best careers in the history of the sport. As the idea of retiring occurred to him after getting of the bicycle when concluding his last race and ending his competitive caree, McEwen was quoted to have said: (more…)

Dual Olympic medal winner Marc Ryan calls it a day

Marc Ryan, the most experienced track cyclist of New Zealand, has declared his retirement from this sport.

The thirty-three year old man from Timaru believes that this is the right time, with complete confidence in the depth of talent among the bunch of young riders he believes are best equipped for Rio Olympics. Marc has been a fixture in the team pursuit squad of men for fourteen years, securing 3 Olympic Games, winning bronze in Beijing in the year 2008 as well as London in the year 2012.
He has won 4 championship medals in team pursuit, along with bronze medals in Poland in the year 2009, Melbourne in the year 2012 and Cali, Colombia in the year 2014, before gold medal as well as rainbow jersey in Paris previous year.
On Wednesday, in a statement, he told that this has been a huge decision but he feels like that this is the right time. Actually, he has attempted to retire two times before, after London and then after Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but he was enticed back, both as a rider and to mentor the younger guys. Rio is knocking on the door, but he could not go through another campaign and miss out on the final team. He could not bear doing the work and going to Rio but letting these young guys down.

New sponsor for Voeckler

Thomas Voeckler has seen lots of ups and downs in his career and it was about to get over when it began. Ride in the Tour Down Under made his collarbone break as he reached Adelaide. He had flown down from Adelaide after which he is currently in Argentina for a start over but the incident of Australia has not been able to leave his mind.

He however, had strong reasons to start the season but he does not like to train at all. All the more he does not like to go to training camps but competing in the race drives him to perform better.

The demotion of the Europcar from the world tour did create chaos regarding the doping case as well but Voeckler does not like to discriminate between Astana and Europcar. What he is thinking at is the Status of Pro Continental that his team has achieved. He has stated that as far as his status is concerned regarding the future he cannot confirm anything yet but Two seasons were best for him as in 2011 he came fourth in the tour and a year after that he grasped the mountain jersey. (more…)