Brochard to quit?

Former world champion Laurent Brochard may be putting an end to his career as a professional bike racer. The 39 year-old was not given a contract extension by his 2007 team Bouygues Telecom, and has been looking for a contract ever since.

Brochard had a lot of contacts, especially to Belgian teams, but none of the talks bore fruit. Still, the Frenchman hasn't given up hope to be back racing this season. "Even if time flies, I think there is still a possibility," he told L'Equipe this week. "Especially since some race organisers are inviting teams of a lesser level, who hadn't expected it and who therefore could need experienced riders."

But he knows that this possibility is getting slim. "I would have liked to do another season," said 'La Broche', who started his career in 1992. "But if nothing happens, I won't have any regrets, either. I continue to train. But it looks like the world of cycling doesn't want me anymore! Oh well..."

Brochard is nevertheless not expected to make a big deal of his retirement, if retirement it is. "I've always been discreet," he added. "I'm not the kind of guy to make a big announcement if I decide to quit. I prefer to leave quietly."

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