Stephan Schreck is putting an end to his eight-year pro career, being unable to find a new job after the demise of Team Gerolsteiner.
The 30-year-old rode for Team Telekom/T-Mobile from 2000 to 2007 before changing to Gerolsteiner this year, where he was unable to ride in a way to recommend himself to another team.
"It was wonder to have my hobby as my job and to earn money with it," he told the Thüringer Allgemeine newspaper. "I will miss the emotions. It is unique when you force yourself up a mountain and thousands of people cheer you on."
Schreck won a stage in the International Hessen Rundfahrt in 2002, and stages in the Sachsen Tour and the Regio Tour in 2004. In his career he rode the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia once each and the Vuelta a España four times.