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Martinez retires…again

Miguel Martinez has retired from professional cycling for the second time. The French rider is best known for his long time duel with Cadel Evans for the Mountain Bike World Cup in the 1990s.

Martinez, known as 'little Mig', was third in the inaugural Olympic Games MTB Cross Country event in Atlanta, USA. He followed the result up with gold in Sydney, Australia in 2000 and was also the UCI World Mountain Bike Champion in the same year.

He switched to the road in the late 1990s and rode for a number of top professional squads including Mapei, Phonak and most recently Amore e Vita.

Martinez retired for the first time in 2006, but returned this year with Amore e Vita, winning just one stage at the Tour de Beauce.