Pradera retires

Mikel Pradera (Benfica)

Mikel Pradera (Benfica) (Image credit: Monika Prell)

Spaniard Mikel Pradera has left the professional peloton after 10 seasons. Pradera competed the last two seasons for the Portuguese Benfica team. He started his career at Euskaltel-Euskadi in 1999 and switched over to Spanish power house ONCE in 2001. From 2004 to 2006 he competed for the Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne outfit. While he never had a win as a pro, his work was always highly valued.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.