Team Sky's Philip Deignan announces retirement at 35
Nov 28 2018 01:25 am CET

Team Sky's Philip Deignan announces retirement at 35
Team Sky's Philip Deignan announces retirement at 35
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After 14 years in the professional peloton, Philip Deignan has announced his retirement. The Irish rider finishes his career after five years in Team Sky.

Deignan started his professional career in AG2R and then moved to Cervelo Test Team. In 2011, he made a step up to the WorldTour with RadioShack and in 2014 made the move to Team Sky, where he remained until the end of his career.

The 35-year-old started in four Vuelta a España and six Giro d'Italia and has a palmares that includes one stage win and the ninth position in the General Classification at the 2009 edition of the Spanish grand tour, an overall victory at the Tour of the Gila and two second positions at stages of the Tour of Beijing and the Tour de Suisse.

"With a combination of sadness but also a huge sense of pride and optimism, I would like to announce my retirement from professional cycling," the rider wrote on his Twitter account. "As a 15-year-old, riding on the roads around Donegal, I never dreamt that I would go on to make the sport I love my job for 14 years.

"I appreciate all of the opportunities that have come my way and to so many people who have helped me during my career, thank you. There have been lots of ups and downs but to be able to finish my career healthy and at the top of my sport with the best team in the world, makes me grateful and proud. On to the next challenge."
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