Sylvain Chavanel: I want to remain professional to the very end

Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) is racing a record 18th Tour de France with custom Oakley Radar EV

Most of the bigger names in the Tour of Britain have their eyes on the end of the season, but one who has his sights set on mid-October in a slightly different way is Sylvain Chavanel , the evergreen French rider who is to retire at the Chrono des Nations-Les Herbiers on October 14 after 19 seasons as a professional. "As I've often said, I want to remain professional to the very end," said Chavanel, who is now into his 40th year, having turned 39 in June. "My contract ends on December 31 so I'm going to act as if I was still riding next season. There are races to do and I want to be competitive." Chavanel is keen to turn up at the final few races of his career in acceptable form, hence his decision to race on British roads this September, partly because the Chrono des Nations ...

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