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Stalder retires after six years on the pro circuit

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Florian Stalder (Volksbank) earned the sprint jersey

Florian Stalder (Volksbank) earned the sprint jersey
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Florian Stalder (BMC Racing Team)

Florian Stalder (BMC Racing Team)
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Florian Stalder has announced his retirement from pro cycling at age 28. He last rode for BMC Racing Team, but did not receive a new contract with the team for the 2011 season.

“I was not able to agree to a reasonably acceptable contract with a professional team,” he said on his personal website. “For this reason I will step back from active cycling after six wonderful years as a professional cyclist.”

The Swiss rider turned pro in 2005 with eD'system -ZVVZ, and rode for Phonak and Team Volksbank before joining BMC in 2009. He did not have any professional wins, but won the sprint jersey at the 2007 Tour de Suisse.