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Ekimov retiring in September

Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery Channel)

Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery Channel) (Image credit: Jon Devich)

The oldest rider in the Tour de France, Viatcheslav Ekimov (Discovery Channel), will retire in September, according to his team. The 40 year-old was able to bid fans on the Champs-Elysées farewell as the Tour came into Paris on Sunday by riding ahead of the peloton and waving to the crowd. In the final lap, he also tried an attack, but it was unsuccessful. Ekimov finished his 15th Tour de France in 84th position, but will be remembered in recent years for his superb work for Lance Armstrong, who he helped to several of his Tour victories.

After retirement, Ekimov will take a role as a team director for Discovery Channel next year.

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