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Bernie Eisel retires from professional cycling after 19-year career

Joe Robinson
14 Jan 2020

The Austrian calls time on successful career to focus on others opportunities in cycling

Bernie Eisel has announced his retirement from professional cycling, hanging up his wheels after a successful 19-year career. The Austrian made the announcement on his Twitter page calling his career an 'incredible privilege' and that it was 'time to take the next step' of his journey.

The 38-year-old was out of contract at with Dimension Data at the end of 2019 with it expected he would join Bahrain-McLaren alongside longtime teammate and close friend Mark Cavendish.

However, Eisel has decided to retire from racing in order to pursue new opportunities within the sport.

In the statement, Eisel was thankful for all those who he worked alongside during two decades in the sport writing: 'I am deeply indebted to my teammates, staff members, race officials, organisers, members of the media and fans for allowing me the space to have the privilege of working with you. Thank you, it's been a great ride.'

He also thanked his family for the 'sacrifices that they have made and the unconditional support' they had always offered him.

Turning professional in 2001 with Mapei-QuickStep, Eisel forged a career as a respected road captain spending time at FDJ, HTC-Highroad, Team Sky and finally Dimension Data.

Eisel took notable victories of his own at Gent-Welvegem in 2010 and two stages of the Tour de Suisse (2005, 2009) but it was his work for others that he will be best remembered for.

In 2012, he was part of the Team Sky squad to lead Bradley Wiggins to the Tour de France yellow jersey.

However, he will be best remembered as one of the key components of Cavendish's lead-out train, often following the Manxman to new teams.

The pair rode together at T-Mobile, HTC-Highroad, Team Sky and Dimension Data with Eisel and Cavendish often roommates.

Their partnership, alongside Mark Renshaw, helped guide Cavendish to a wealth of victories and even spurned the title 'the three Musketeers'.

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