Monday, October 31, 2011

Ocampos retires from cycling

Naturgas Energía rider Aitor Ocampos has decided to put an end to his cycling career with immediate effect. The 22-year-old will not be retained by his current team next year and was not offered a deal at Orbea - thus leading him to call it quits. He won't leave the sport altogether though: he'll still pursue a career inside the sport, just not as a professional rider.

"Seeing as I'll be 23 next year, I couldn't stay on with Naturgas as it's an under-23 team. There were some informal contact with a few amateur teams, but I've decided to retire and focus on another career", the affable youngster revealed to Iban Mayo Blog.

Ocampos has been studying Law and Economics concurrently with trying to forge a career as a professional bike rider. Now he feels ready to focus solely on his university degree.

"I'll further my other career now. I would love to stay in the sport - in one capacity or another. Maybe with a team or a federation or something like that. Time will tell. Obviously I would have liked to have turned pro and focused on the bike for a while longer, but then again I'm very happy with the life I'm leading now outside of the sport!"

Having left the Fundación Euskadi on "good terms", don't be surprised to see the once-precocious Ocampos back in the world of cycling in the not too distant future.


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