Mathew Hayman says goodbye to professional cycling at Tour Down Under
Sep 18 2018 01:39 pm CET

Mathew Hayman says goodbye to professional cycling at Tour Down Under
Mathew Hayman says goodbye to professional cycling at Tour Down Under
Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Mathew Hayman has announced his retirement from professional cycling. The rider's last race will be the 2019 Tour Down Under.

Hayman's highlight of his career was the victory at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix, though he has also been a prominent road captain for his team. "The time has come for me to make a very difficult decision, one that I wrestled with for months, mainly out of fear of what my life would be like without being a professional athlete," the rider wrote.

"I have long forgotten what it’s like to not have a race program. Cycling has defined me for so long, but increasingly the other all-consuming constant in my life, my family, has been battling for my attention and they now need to be my priority."

Hayman has had a career of 19 years in which he has been part of teams of the WorldTour like Rabobank, Sky and Mitchelton-Scott. "I have won a few races here and there, been a part of teams that have won many more, but I am sure I will be remembered for one race in particular and I could not think of a better race to have my name associated with.

"I fell in love with Roubaix early in my career and it has at times felt that the race was just tormenting me. Seventeen times I raced from Compiègne to Roubaix and every single time it was an amazing day, but in 2016 I lifted a (surprisingly heavy) cobble above my head. It was the single proudest moment in my sporting career, a culmination of all the trying, learning and never quitting. Always keep riding."

The rider will say goodbye to professional cycling in January of 2019 at the Tour Down Under in his native Australia.




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