Rory Sutherland: It's time to end the career

VISE BELGIUM AUGUST 18 Rory Sutherland of Australia and Team Israel StartUp Nation during the 41st Tour de Wallonie 2020 Stage 3 a 192km stage from Montzen to Vise TourdeWallonie TRW2020 on August 18 2020 in Vise Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Rory Sutherland (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Rory Sutherland has called time on his professional racing career at the age of 38. The Australian’s last outing as a pro came on Sunday’s final stage of the Vuelta a España with Sutherland helping teammate Daniel Martin to secure fourth place overall in Madrid.

At the finish of stage 18 a visibly but understandably emotional Sutherland was surrounded by his teammates, with Martin, who has ridden alongside Sutherland for the last three years, the first to put his arm around the soon-to-be retired Sutherland. 

The Australian turned professional in 2005 and rode for a host of teams including Rabobank, UnitedHealthcare, Saxo-Bank, Movistar, UAE Team Emirates and most recently Israel Start Up-Nation. He forged a reputation as one of the most valuable domestiques in the peloton, working alongside the likes of Martin, Alejandro Valverde and countless other team leaders.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.