Manuel Quinziato: I'm now officially retired from professional cycling
Sep 16 2017 07:20 pm CET

Manuel Quinziato: I'm now officially retired from professional cycling

Manuel Quinziato is not taking part in the Team Time Trial of the World Championships. The rider doesn't believe the course suits him and left his spot to Tejay Van Garderen.

The Italian rider was supposed to retire after this competition, but had to stop racing in a way he was not expecting. "I knew coming into the team time trial that my shape was not 100%, but I was sure I could do a good team time trial because I'm good in the discipline," said the rider through social media.

"Yesterday, I saw the course for the first time and it's really hard. The first 20 kilometres is up and down and then there is a really hard climb after 28 kilometres so when I saw that, I realised the parcours didn't suit me. Tejay Van Garderen was the first reserve and I know it's a much better course for him than me."

The 37-year-old had been part of BMC's time trial team since the first time the competition took place back in 2012 and helped the team win two world titles. "I've been a professional cyclist for 16 years and I know what I can and can't do," he continued. "At the end of my career I'm not going to be selfish, so I'm doing what's best for the team to ensure they have the strongest line up possible.

"I believe they can win, so I know I'm doing the right thing. I would rather finish my career now having been world champion in the team time trial twice and hope that BMC Racing Team will win their third title on Sunday."

Van Garderen will join Rohan Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Stefan Küng, Daniel Oss and Miles Scotson in the team, which is one of the favourites to take the title.

As for Quinziato, earlier in the year he earned his Master Degree in Law and is looking forward to a life after cycling. "This was going to be the last race of my career, so I'm now officially retired from professional cycling. I'm really excited about the new experience to come and can't wait to start the next chapter of my life as a rider agent."
Photo of Manuel Quinziato (cropped) © Tim De Waele/



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