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Frischkorn retires from cycling

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
September 24, 2009, 17:45 BST,
Updated:
September 24, 2009, 18:55 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 24, 2009
Will Frischkorn (Garmin-Slipstream) during the Tour of Missouri, his last race as a professional.

Will Frischkorn (Garmin-Slipstream) during the Tour of Missouri, his last race as a professional.

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Frischkorn will continue to work with Garmin-Slipstream

Garmin-Slipstream's Will Frischkorn has announced his retirement from professional cycling with immediate effect. The 28-year-old will stay with the US-based team, working closely with its sponsorship management.

"The chance to stay with the team, work within the sport and still live in Gerona is an exciting prospect. Some day I could be a directeur sportif but for now I'll focus on helping with the sponsors and the products that we have," Frischkorn told Cyclingnews at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"I loved racing my bike and the opportunities it's given me. I've had a wonderful life as a pro," Frischkorn said. "It's been a blast. For a guy with my abilities I had a great run at it. I think I hit my potential but I'm excited for something new and fresh."

Garmin-Slipstream's manager, Jonathan Vaughters, added his happiness with Frischkorn's switch: "Will is a highly gifted person, with a love of hard work. We're excited for him to come help us make this team the best in the world from the other side of the fence."

Frischkorn turned professional with Mercury in 2000 but moved to TIAA-CREF/5280 in 2005, which later became Slipstream and then Garmin-Slipstream. In his career he won twelve races, most recently as a member of Garmin-Slipstream's team trial trial squad which claimed the opening stage of the this year's Tour of Qatar. However, ever one to praise his teammates, Frischkorn pointed towards two other moments as his career highlights. "Being part of last year's Tour de France team was an unbelievable experience. Looking at where the team came from and to compete at that level was really special. Not that many people get that opportunity and it was a huge privilege."

Frischkorn's last race was the Tour of Missouri and despite pulling out of the race he was an integral part of Dave Zabriskie's winning ride. "Finishing things off with that race was incredible and helping Dave was a good way to leave the riding side behind."

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