Mathieu Heijboer of Team Cofidis is retiring at the age of 26 due to continuing problems with his right leg. He will become a trainer at Continental Team Rabobank.
Heijboer said on his web page, www.mathieuheijboer.nl, that he made the decision "with pain in my heart, but it is one which is probably the best for me." For two years he has been fighting pain in his right leg, which an operation failed to correct.
The Dutchman rode for the Rabobank Continental team in 2004 and 2005 before joining Cofidis in 2006. (SW)