¡Adiós!

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39 year old Spaniard,José-Luis Arrieta Ag2r-Le Mondiale announced his retirement today, now the season is almost over.
He started in 1993 with Banesto, and in 2006 he won the 19th stage in the Vuelta for Ag2r.


As it is to be expected that a lot of riders will close up shop due to various reasons, it is time to keep track for the coming years, starting from around 2010. Below I listed the once I can recollect, please add if you know any?

Name - Age - ExitDate
Aurelien Clerc (30) - 1/1
Igor Astarloa (33) - 1/1
Mathieu Criquelion (29) - 1/1
Theo Eltink (28) - 2/1
Bert Roesems (37) - 3/1
Pedro Horillo (34) - 8/1
Carlos Pinho (39) - 10/1
Wim van Huffel (31) - 14/1
David Cañada (34) - 21/1
Fredrik Ericsson (35) - 21/1
José Antonio López Gil (33) - 2/2
Serhiy Honchar (40) - 20/2
Nery Velásquez (29) - 25/2
José Enrique Gutiérrez (35) - 5/3
Matthé Pronk (35) - 10/4
Gilberto Simoni (39) - 14/4
Glenn D'Hollander (36) - 6/5
Santiago Botero (37) - 6/7
Niklas Axelsson (38) - 7/7
Casper Jørgensen (25) - 9/7
Christophe Moreau (39) - 14/7
Koos Moerenhout (36) - 21/7
Christian Pfannberger (30) - 5/8
Sergio de Lis (24) - 9/8
Vladimir Efimkin (28) - 12/8
Servais Knaven (39) - 15/8
Óscar Pereiro Sio (32) - 30/8

Add on please if you know any ? > it doesn't matter how a rider goes Exit, or anybody close to the cycling scene disappears: retirement, dead, killed, dopingban, prison, family or for whatever reason.
 
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Is ok Parrulo thanks for the remark. No strange but vladimir efimkin gave back his contract because his wife in the US is very ill. Hopefully, things work out okay for both he and his wife.

[Vladimir Efimkin done in Europe?] his career is on hold until his personal life is sorted. That is typically the case if a rider asks to leave a contract like this. It likely has little to do with his cycling career ambitions.


CN report August 12: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/fewer-eastern-european-riders-for-ag2r
 
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I digged up a couple more:

Tom Zirbel (31) announced the retirement on his own blog Februari 27.

Beijing hero Jamie Staff (37) - gold medallists with Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny announced his retirement on March 29.

Brooke Miller cuts 2012 Olympic Games dreams short and [announced] retirement to CN on September 1.
 
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Et af Danmarks største cykelhold, Team Designa Køkken – Blue Water, lukker efter denne sæson.

One of Denmark's largest cycling team, Team Design Kitchen - Bluewater, will guit after this season. The team has tried to find new sponsors for the team, so the team can continue on the same level in 2011, but it has not succeeded. Thus ends a great era, which began in 2004.
The team's manager, Michael Blaudzun, who just took office in spring also called it a sad development.
"It's been an interesting year. I was already starting to make me some ideas for next year and had some plans for the future with the team. We have some of Denmark's best talents and best cyclists on home ground. It's sad.

A view riders that came out of the team: Chris Anker Sørensen, Martin Mortensen, Jakob Fuglsang as Aleksejs Saramotins (Team HTC-Columbia) and Laurent Didier (Team Saxo Bank) were passed on to professional teams last year. Source: http://peloton.dk/index.php?id_parent=1&id=28&id_nyhed=28126
 
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Kai Reus (25) just announced on Rabosport.TV he will put his cycling career on hold for the coming year, so for now "¿Adiós¡" cycling career, he was running out of contract.
 
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Two-time world champion Susanne Ljungskog (34) retired due to a blood disorder announced May 6, [CN].

Txema Gonzalez (43) team Sky soigneur dead on September 3, due to a blood infection. [CN]

Bahati rider Jorge Alvardo (27) killed on April 6, in a collision with “car full of street racing teenagers” in Highland, CA, northeast of San Bernardino. [CN]
 
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Double world champion Chris Newton (36) riding for Rapha Condor Sharp. Retirement announced August 17, [CN]


Sheldon Deeny (26) went from pro cyclist to dishwasher a rider from Bissel Pro Cycling met the cruel world of pro road cycling and melted away for good April 19, [MustRead!]
 
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Carlos Castaño (31) from Xacobeo-Galicia just announced his retirement on September 10, [bici]

Spanish rider Carlos Castaño (Xacobeo-Galicia) has decided to put an end to his career. "After nine months, an operation and countless rehabilitation sessions, I have not managed to recover the back injury that caused me so many problems and pains lately and became a chronic problem," the Spaniard said on his website.
 
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Roy Sentjens (29) from Milram retired on the spot, by admitting the use of PED today - Friday, September 10, 2010.

Translation from his own website:

I always trained and raced behind the facts, so my frustration was getting bigger and bigger. The disease also still played a part in my head, how could I ever reach the top level again ?

My season was already a disaster, I did everything but it wasn't working for the goals I had set in my mind. I slept no more, thinking all the time how in the hell I could still improve, I did everything. But even that did nothelp and fell into a depression.

I made the biggest mistake of my life, I've succumbed to the pressures and expectations that everyone still had. I wanted a new contract, I had a new house, a son, a car and wanted to return to start a new life. That's where I went wrong.

I stepped in my car in a rush and drove to Barcelona, parked in the center, found several pharmacists and asked where I could find EPO at the 2nd it was already bingo. I drove home with the EPO, I will not tell you everything that went through my head while driving home.

On August 16 I got a control, I knew right away that it was wrong but couldn't stop tell anybody. So on Wednesday, September 8, I raced the last race of my life.

I hereby therefore definitively put an end to my career as a professional cyclist!

I will not apply for the b-sample, because I know what the outcome will be.

I know I did let down a lot of people and I want to apologize to everyone who believed in me. I've done wrong and will suffer the consequences thereof.

However, I want to thank everyone who has supported me in recent days, I'm ready for a new challenge. Something for which I will fully deploy, I still not let loose. I am a fighter! Hopefully there will soon come a new goal to me!

Roy Sentjens @ http://www.roy-sentjens.com/
 
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Thomas Casarotto (20) [+Picture] went in a coma on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 22:00 hour, after a crash in the 3rd stage of the giro ciclistico del Friuli Venezia Giulia while being in the GC lead. Casarotto was considered a great Italian cycling promise. [CN].

Thomas stopt breathing today and died on Wednesday September 14, 2010 around 19:00 hour reported at [tuttobiciweb.it]
 
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United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on September 10, announced, that Duane Dickey (41) has accepted a lifetime ban for a second anti-doping rule violation based on his use and possession of synthetic EPO, as well as his refusal to submit to sample collection.
Additionally, Dickey was disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to April 2, 2007, the date he first committed the second anti-doping rule violation.
Dickey was previously suspended for one year in 2002 after testing positive for the prohibited substances phentermine, boldenone and nandrolone during the 2001 Tour of Guatemala. [VNc]
 
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Marco Velo (36) Quick Step retires. The two time ITT Champion of Italy (1999,2000) who was without a victory sinds then announced September 3, [wiki].
 
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Jonathan Chodroff (25) from the USA, team Jelly Belly-Kenda, admits to buying and using PED, retired with the next statement - September 17, 2010: “My team are aware. I stopped cycling two months ago,” he said. “The reasons were separate to this but I was moving on and I knew I wasn’t racing next year for completely other reasons. I was ready to do other things". [CN]
 
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German cyclist Björn Glasner (37) team Kuota-Indeland for the last 2 years retires. Björn turned pro in 1996, and has also been riding for [Lamonta], Cologne and Gerolsteiner.
 
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Californian Antonio (Tony) Cruz (39) ex rider from USPS, Discovery and BMC, called it a quits last week, and started his own [Bicycle Company] and so retires officially on Spetember 19, 2010, [presstelegram.com]

Quote from Cruz: "We were trying to weigh all the options," said Cruz, a former criterium (short course) specialist who took the U.S. title in 1999. "I've got my family and I'm trying to figure out, `Do I want to start looking for another team and ride for maybe half the salary I'm used to getting?' And Shane on his end is thinking, `Do I just go back to working for a big company again or do I do what I want to do, which is design bikes the way I want to design them?' We just came together and said, `Let's just do this."'
The result was Cruz's retirement from the sport, a partnership with Fedon and the formation of their company, Cruz Industries.
 
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Germany's biggest talent Nico Keinath (23) team Netapp and as a youngster riding for Gerolsteiner, winner of the mountain jersey (KOM) in the Tour the l'Avenir just in 2009 has to retire, due to a medical condition concerning his legs, announced on his own website Sunday September 19, 2010 [http://Nico_Keinath.html]
 
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Álvaro Pino Couñago (54) retires, following an [11-year] racing career in which the highlight was victory in the 1986 Vuelta a España, and succeses there after as team director, of late from [Xacobeo-Galicia] with [Ezequiel Mosquera's] Vuelta podium as his final act. Pino has confirmed that he is retiring from cycling in order to spend more time with his family, today September 21, [CN]
 
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The Xacobeo Galicia squad, will not continue next season and the Galician team will disappear, despite the brilliant Tour of Spain of the team and second place of Ezequiel Mosquera overall.

According to newspaper La Voz de Galicia the negotiations with Aluminios Cortizo the only candidate to continue the team are broken down and beyond repair as been told by Jose Ramon Lete, secretary of sports Xeral to Galicia.

Pedro Alfaro, manager of the [Galego Cycling Foundation] since it's foundation in 2006, and Alvaro Pino, manager of the cycling team have received the news to be communicated to the riders and assistants.

The deadline for submitting all required documentation to the ICU is the 1st of October and the Galician team will stop training after that.
 
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One of Danish biggest talents Daniel Kreutzfeldt (22), [Silver medalist] in the points race at the World Track Pruszkow of last year, will quit cycling.
Daniel told TV2 he has "lost the excitement and adrenaline," and is preferring to live a normal life as an electrician. His roadrace team [Designa Køkken - Blue Water til Norge] was already stopping due to lack of sponsorship for 2011.
Sven Meyer, the Danish team's track coach regrets this decision with London 2012 so close: "It's always sad when a rider stops his career so young, especially when a rider is as strong as Daniel, on September 25, 2010 [Velochr.fr]
 
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Another [Danish] talent Michael Færk Christensen (24) quits cycling just like his buddy Kreutzfeldt announced on Saturday, also for Michael due to lack of excitement, preferring a normal life on September 27, [feltet.dk]
 
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José Luis Chechu Rubiera (37) RadioShack is hanging up the bike after a 16 year career with Kelme, USPS, Discovery, Astana. He will start in the tour of Lombardy Oct 16, and at the end of the month Criterium Ciudad de Oviedo will be his last race.
On the brink of retiring already in 2008, Chechu changed his mind asked by Lance Armstrong to support his comeback, now the goodbye will be definitive. The Radioshack cyclist confessed to this newspaper before riding the last weekends Tour de Vendee in France, that "I'm almost for 99% sure of quitting, registered today on September 28, 2010. [http://elcomercio.ciclis/chechu-rubiera-adios.html]
 

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