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Megan Guarnier to retire after World Championships

Joe Robinson
28 Aug 2018

American brings a close to successful 11-year career

Boels-Dolmans rider Megan Guarnier has announced her retirement from professional cycling after the UCI World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria this September.

The decorated American will call time on her 11-year career which saw her claim major victories such as the Giro d'Italia Femminile in 2016 and Strade Bianche in 2015.

Guarnier confirmed her retirement on her personal website, stating that 'with much gratitude, it is time to bring an end to this chapter.' 

Guarnier went on to add, 'I still love what initially drew me to this animated sport: the chess game with many moving parts. The element of full dedication from an entire team is required for individual success.

'Over the years, I have made cycling my study subject. I’ve learned from each race, adapting to the lesson and repeating this cycle every time I pin on a number.

'It has been my art and my passion. It is a skill that has been painfully forged with a lot of hard work, teamwork, dedication, and direction.'

She then added that despite still loving the sport 'the sacrifice in being away from my loyal husband and amazing family, along with the physical toll of 11 hard years as a clean athlete are catching up with me.

'I haven’t reached all my goals and I haven’t done everything I hoped to do, however with excitement and some anxiety it is time to move on to my next life chapter.'

At 33-years old, Guarnier has been one of the most successful cyclists of the past decade. An accomplished climber, the American won multiple stages of the Giro d'Italia including the overall title while also winning Strade Bianche and the Tour de Yorkshire women's race this year.

Her best season came in 2016 in her second year with Boels-Dolmans. Overall victory at the Giro and Tour of California, the Emakumeen Saria one-day race and national road race title were tied together with first place on the Women's WorldTour ranking.

In the statement, Guarnier was also sure to thank those who had helped her through her illustrious career including her family, husband Billy and longtime coach Dr Corey Hart. 

She was also thankful of her teammates the including 'the "Originals" of Boels Dolmans: Christine Majerus and Lizzie Deignan, and all my Boels Dolmans teammates over the years; my peloton buddy, Karol-Ann Canuel, the ever-positive Jip van den Bos, Amalie (aka "Vicky"), and a stabilising force on the team, Chantal Blaak.' 

Injuries have often curtailed Guarnier through her career but it seems as if the American is ending on her terms as one of the best riders of her generation.