Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Alan Pérez retires

Euskaltel Euskadi rider Alan Pérez has put an end to his career as a professional cyclist.

The 30-year-old revealed as much on his own Twitter account a few hours ago. The native of Zurucáin, Navarra, was, according to earlier reports, set for contract talks with incoming team boss Igor González de Galdeano one of these days, but the former Orbea rider has now decided to pursue other interests in life.

Pérez has been a professional for eight years, seven of those with Euskaltel, and has for the majority of those years been a vital part of the orange team. The closest the likeable all-rounder got to a professional win was a second place on stage six of the Giro d'Italia in 2008, but has otherwise mainly been used as a domestique.

Speaking at the social networking site, Pérez said "I'm very thankful for the opportunity Orbea gave me to turn professional and for Miguel Madariaga for having be in this team for all these years. And a special thank you goes out to all the supporters, my friends and my family, all of whom have supported me all this time."



Colin said...

Thanks Alan for all your hard work over the years

Good luck for the future

Kristof said...

Sad. I liked him, was a good rider with the right spirit. Second in Giro stage (should have won if you see who became 'the real winner'). Also top 10 TDF stage last year. A loss.

Magnus said...

Definitely a loss, both on a personal and sporting level


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