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Veteran professional Greg Henderson announces retirement

The former Team Sky and Lotto Soudal rider announces his retirement from professional cycling aged 40

Joe Robinson
16 Aug 2017

At the age of 40, veteran cyclist Greg Henderson has announced his retirement from professional cycling. Currently riding for American Pro-Continental side UnitedHealthcare, Henderson announced his decision to call it a day on his website.

Henderson will be bringing a close to a 17-year career that saw him act as lead out man to some of the world's most successful cyclists. Henderson has offered wheels to the likes of Andre Greipal (Lotto-Soudal) and Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) throughout his long career, leading to many a Grand Tour victory.

Henderson made a particular point to thank Greipal, his wife Katie and Lotto Soudal team manager Marc Sergeant for their part in helping the Kiwi utilise his track skill in to becoming one of the world's top sprint lead out men. 

'I was a pretty quick sprinter also but never on the level on the road as Greipel, Cavendish, Kittlel,' adding, 'I quickly realised, if I want to be really good and have longevity in the Sport of Cycling I should focus a lot of energy into this area of my riding.'

'Thank you Andre, thank you Marc Sergeant and thank you Katie for helping me realise what I was truly one of the best in the World at.'

The experienced Kiwi can also lay claim to Team Sky's first ever General Classification victory when he managed to take the overall prize at the Bay Cycling Classic in 2010.

Henderson will retire having represented his home nation of New Zealand at five Olympics and four Commonwealth Games.

In the emotional letter on his own website, Henderson expressed the shock he still has at having managed at the top level to such a late age.

'I would never have thought I would be racing my bike professionally at the highest level in the World for so long.' he said.

'Actually there is no way to predict that and I believe that by ticking boxes each year and striving to be that little bit better every year gave me the drive to keep pushing my level higher and higher.'