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Danish time trial champion Vandborg announces retirement

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Cycling News
Published:
December 7, 2013, 18:20,
Updated:
December 7, 2013, 18:23
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, December 8, 2013
Brian Vandborg (Cannondale)

Brian Vandborg (Cannondale)

  • Brian Vandborg (Cannondale)
  • Brian Vandborg (Cannondale)

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Spent final season at Cannondale

Brian Vandborg has announced his retirement from professional cycling after failing to secure a contract for the 2014 season. The 32-year-old raced for Cannondale this season, winning his second Danish time trial championship in June.

“I would have liked to have ridden on for another year or two but the spark is not really there at the moment and eventually I felt like I’d had my time,” Vandborg told Veloropa.dk.

Vandborg turned professional with Team CSC in 2004 and remained for three years during his first stint at Bjarne Riis’ team. After taking 4th place in the time trial at the 2006 Worlds, Vandborg moved on to Discovery Channel, but he then had to step down a level following the disbandment of the American team at the end of 2007.

Following a year with Team GLS, Vandborg made his way back to ProTour level in 2009 when he signed for Liquigas, where he stayed for two years before rejoining Riis at Saxo Bank for the 2011 campaign. After spending 2012 with SpiderTech-C10, Vandborg returned to the old Liquigas set-up, now known as Cannondale, at the start of this season.

Vandborg helped teammate Peter Sagan claim a second successive green jersey at the Tour de France and then finished his year on a solid note as part of Cannondale's 7th place result in the team time trial at the world championships in Florence. However, Cannondale opted not to renew Vandborg’s contract and with a number of teams disbanding at the end of the 2013 season, places at WorldTour level were at a premium for next season.

Vandborg has refused to rule out the possibility of lining up to defend his title at the Danish time trial championships next June, however, and admitted that he may take part in some races locally in 2014. “But that would be with the sole intention of building up to the Danish championships in June,” he said, according to Veloropa.
 

JantonStentenan 11 months ago
If a stallwart of the professional peloton like Brian Vandborg can't secure a contract for next season then this indeed one of the worst job markets pro cycling has seen. My fear is that whatever decline in doping we might have had over these last few seasons, we will see the reversal of over the following seasons due to this epidemic of joblessness in cycling. If there was ever a time more conducive to doping it has to be now given that every rider that has a job wants to make sure he keeps it.
Stalky 11 months ago
That's a good point to consider. But there are other variables in the doping equation that cannot be forgotten. The current rules are the most stringent they've been, ever (as far as we can know…).
Cance > TheRest 11 months ago
Good rider. One of the best Danish TT specialists of the last 10years, so definitely a shame..