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  • Kolar announces retirement from racing after national championships

    Michael Kolár, who finished third at the Slovakian road race national championships on Sunday, has announced his retirement from the sport.

    The 25-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider – a compatriot and close friend of world champion and team leader Peter Sagan – will nevertheless remain with the German squad, taking on a new role in their PR and sponsorship department.

    "I've worked really hard these past years, and tried everything to prepare in the most professional way for this season. However, I expected a little more, and the results haven't come. I feel now that I'm pretty much at my best level, but that this might not be enough to fulfil my own ambitions," Kolár said in a team statement.

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    "I had a chat with Ralph [Denk, team manager] about this, and after a few days he came back to me, offering a new opportunity," he continued. "I appreciate his attitude a lot, and I think this a great chance to start something new and finally enjoy life. When I look back, there's nothing to regret. I am proud of what I've achieved, especially Peter's second world title in Doha, which was an unforgettable memory, where I was able to play a key role in the success. Now it's time to say good-bye; the national championships was my last race as a pro."

    Kolár finished third to his teammates, brothers Peter and Juraj Sagan, at the national road race, and leaves the sport having played a key role in many of Peter's successes, having ridden with Sagan at Tinkoff before making the move to Bora-Hansgrohe together for the 2017 season.

    "I have great respect for Michael's decision," said Bora-Hansgrohe manager Ralph Denk. "You have to have character to take such a step and to be truly honest with yourself.

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Steady social ride of about 28 miles, we are riding at the pace of the slower riders........ No Exceptions!

10:15 Saturday 12th May.

Meet Up Spot Mainsforth Cricket Ground Ferryhill DL17 9DQ

View route: https://www.strava.com/clubs/18065/group_events/319243

Ferryhill had three riders competing in this event, Andy Watson, John Hewison and Paul Tyler.

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/16917#anchor

 

Leaving from the Gretna at 9.30am on Sunday 5th November.

Steve promises a cafe that we have not used before.

With the 2018 time trial season now underway it is good to see Ferryhill with a strong team riding the Bishop Auckland C C SPOCO event.

Chris Peareth, Andrew Charlesworth, Paul Tyler, Dougan Collins, John Hewison and Howard Heighton.

Have a good ride everybody.

Start Sheet:   https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-entrant-list/16919#anchor

This will be on the Hill End Climb out of Frosterley on the 22nd of October at 10.00 am.

Entries to C Mustill, 9 Maltby Close, Auckland Park,  Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 8SF.   Tel: 07984465097  

Free entry to Ferryhill first claim members.

Club members can enter on the day and be eligible for the club hill climb trophy, but they will not be eligible for awards in the open event. To be eligible for awards in the open event you have to pre-enter the event, so that your name is on the start sheet.