Annette Edmondson retires, leaving a sport that's now in a better place

Cycling : 4th Santos Women's Tour 2018 / Stage 1
Arrival / Annette EDMONDSON (AUS)/ Celebration /
Gumeracha - Gumeracha (115,7km) / Women / TDU /
© Tim De Waele
Annette Edmondson taking a win on the road during the first stage at the Santos Women's Tour in 2018 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Australian cyclist Annette Edmondson brought her cycling career to a close at the UCI Track Champions League, saying goodbye after 10 years of international racing that left her walking away with an Olympic bronze medal, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, multiple Track World Championship victories and 16 elite national titles.

The 29-year-old, who rode on the track and road, faced a challenging couple of years with limited international racing and a Tokyo Olympics that didn’t run to plan, however after extending her career for one more event she finished with a trip to the podium. Edmondson took third place behind another retiring rider, Kirsten Wild, and the victorious Katie Archibald at the final round of Champions League in London.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.