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Timmer retires from professional racing

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Albert Timmer (Team Sunweb)

Albert Timmer (Team Sunweb)
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Albert Timmer (Team Giant-Alpecin)

Albert Timmer (Team Giant-Alpecin)
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Albert Timmer (Team Argos-Shimano)

Albert Timmer (Team Argos-Shimano)
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Albert Timmer (Argos Shimano)

Albert Timmer (Argos Shimano)
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Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano)

Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano)
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Team Subweb rider Albert Timmer announced his retirement from racing after 11 seasons. The Dutchman has made the decision so that he can spend more time with his family and work on a new chapter of his life.

"I've had a brilliant career during my 11 years with the team and learned an incredible amount from those around me in the broadest way possible," said Timmer. "I feel that I've taken the maximum out of my capabilities as an athlete and I look back hugely proud of what we have achieved together.

Timmer has been with the Sunweb set-up – it was Skil-Shimano when he joined – since he turned professional in 2007. He has ridden 11 Grand Tours, including this year's Tour de France, and won the mountains classification at the Tour de Luxembourg in 2012. Several of his teammates took to Twitter to pay homage to Timmer, including Marcel Kittel.

"My friend & teammate for 5 years @alberttimmer finishes his career today. I started my pro career with him, we won many big races together & he is a great guy. Thanks for all your support Albi! I wish you all the best for your future," Kittel wrote.