Mark Scanlon cited business interests and a preference to live in Sligo as two reasons for his upcoming retirement from cycling according to RTE Sport.
The 26 year-old Irish professional drew worldwide notice in 1998 when he won the Junior Worlds race. He spent 2007 racing the US circuit with Toyota United after four years based in Europe on the AG2R Prévoyance squad.
Scanlon has been openly against doping, and that may been another reason for retirement. "When you see donkeys performing like racehorses and knowing they're drugged you realise it's all a waste of time," said Scanlon according to RTE Sport.