Sunweb's Albert Timmer announces retirement
Dec 09 2017 12:55 pm CET

Sunweb's Albert Timmer announces retirement
Sunweb's Albert Timmer announces retirement
Photo of Team Sunweb © Wouter Roosenboom | Team Sunweb

Dutch cyclist Albert Timmer has decided to end his career as a professional after 14 years in the peloton.

The Sunweb rider's decision was announced by his team on Saturday, as such ending a partnership that lasted for no less than 11 seasons.

Timmer turned professional at Team Lowik Meubelen in 2004 and joined Skil-Shimano three years later. While riding for this team, currently Sunweb, he took part in 11 grand tours including the last six editions of the Tour de France.

His only professional victory came in 2012, when he won the Mountains Classification of the Tour de Luxembourg.

"I've had a brilliant career during my 11 years with the team and learned an incredible amount from those around me in the broadest way possible," the 32-year-old said.

"I feel that I’ve taken the maximum out of my capabilities as an athlete and I look back hugely proud of what we have achieved together. I am grateful to have been part of many successes (with Marcel [Kittel], John [Degenkolb] and Tom [Dumoulin]), a lot of which I didn’t expect to be possible.

"In 2015 I suffered with an irregular heart rate, which I underwent successful minor surgery for. Since then I have struggled to regain full confidence on the bike and feel that now is a good time to call it a day with my career to completely focus on my friends, family and young daughter, who I spend much time away from.

"This wasn't a decision that I have taken lightly, but I am certain that it is the right next step for me as a person. After a really successful year in the team, I'm really grateful to to be able to end my career on a high note and look forward to taking all experiences from cycling into my next adventures. I am thankful to all support the team offered throughout my career and I will follow the team's many more successes in the future."



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