Rous hangs up his wheels

Ex French road champion Didier Rous has decided to hang up his bike for good. the 36 year-old decided to stop due to physical problems. "It is not a decision that I made with pleasure, but it has been decided: I'm stopping!" explained Rous to French newspaper L'Equipe while visiting his team mates at the Dauphiné Libéré on Monday.

Rous turned professional in 1992, and was French champion in 2001 and 2003. He was a member of the Festina team at the 1998 Tour de France, and since 2000 he has been a member of the team run by Jean-René Bernaudeau.

As well as two tri-color titles, Rous also won some prestigious one day races including Paris-Camembert in 2000, GP Ouest-France in 2004, the Trophée des Grimpeurs in 2001, 2003 and 2006, as well as the Midi Libre stage race in 2000. He also took a stage in the Tour de France in 1997.

Rous has decided to stop racing immediately due to a hernia, but is expected to remain with Bouygues Telecom in some capacity.

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