Irizar: I knew early on that I wasn't going to be a winner

Markel Irizar (Trek - Segafredo) leads the breakaway during stage 13 at the Giro d'Italia

Trek-Segafredo 's Markel Irizar will retire at the end of this season following a 16-year career in which he has dedicated his talents to helping some of the sport’s biggest names achieve their dreams. Professional cycling is made up of leaders and helpers, and Irizar told Cyclingnews that he realised early on in his career that he would not belong to the former. Irizar has two victories on his palmarès: a stage of the 2010 Tour du Poitou-Charentes and the overall title at the 2011 Vuelta a Andalucía. However, he attributes his long career to making the early decision to sacrifice his own ambitions and become a domestique. "I think you understand that if you're not a big talent then you are not going to be a 'killer'," Irizar told Cyclingnews . "There are some things that you should do if you want to survive. I understood from the very ...

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