Bernhard Eisel announces retirement

Bernhard Eisel
Bernhard Eisel in Dimension Data colours (Image credit: Getty Images)

Bernhard Eisel has announced his retirement from professional cycling, putting an end to a career that spanned 19 years and more than 1,300 race days. 

The 38-year-old Austrian rode for Dimension Data for the past four years but was searching for a contract for the 2020 season. Despite contemplating retirement towards the end of 2018, following a serious brain injury, he decided to race for another year in 2019 and then voiced his desire to race in 2020 and bring up 20 years as a pro. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.