Simon Gerrans calls time on his professional career

Eyes on the prize, Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge)

Australia's Simon Gerrans has confirmed he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, bringing down the curtain on his successful 15-year professional career. Thirty-eight-year-old Gerrans announced his decision to retire in an open letter published by the BMC Racing Team , suggesting he was not retiring but "changing careers". "Although I feel that I am still performing at a good level physically, my passion for the sport is not what it used to be. Professional cycling is too hard unless you are able to commit wholeheartedly. I am really happy to be able to walk away on my own terms and feel that the end of this season is the right time to transition to a new phase in my life," Gerrans wrote in his open letter. “In the short term, I plan on spending some time with my family. Family has always been the most important thing ...

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