Simon Gerrans calls time on his professional career

07 August 2018 07:15
Australia's Simon Gerrans has confirmed he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, bringing down the curtain on his successful 15-year professional career. Thirty-eight-year-old Gerrans announced his decision to retire in an open letter published by the BMC Racing Team, suggesting he was not retiring but "changing careers". "Although I feel that I am still performing at a good level physically, my passion for the sport is not what it used to be. Professional cycling is too hard unless you are able to commit wholeheartedly. I am really happy to be able to walk away on my own terms and feel that the end of this season is the right time to transition to a new phase in my life," Gerrans wrote in his open letter.ADVERTISEMENT “In the short term, I plan on spending some time with my family. Family has always been the most important thing to me, but for the past 20 years, they have made great sacrifices and have been incredibly supportive of my career. I am now looking forward to giving my wife, Rahna, and our children, Oscar and Isla, my attention. "Over the past couple of years I have received some really interesting career opportunities from within and outside the world of cycling. I hope to maintain an involvement with the sport in some capacity, however, initially I am motivated to gain some experience and develop my skills in a new area. I hope that the skills and attributes I have developed and the networks I have built throughout my cycling career will provide a solid foundation to support this goal. The idea of getting out of my comfort zone and embracing a completely new career is daunting, yet excites me, and for these reasons I know it is the right thing to do." 33 career victories Gerrans turned 38 in May and rode the Tour de France in July after joining fellow Australian Richie Porte at BMC Racing this season. His long career included spells with several French teams, the Cervélo TestTeam, Team Sky and GreenEdge. Simon Gerrans' open letter regarding his future: You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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