Frant Schleck has put an end to his professional riding career.
He announced his retirement at a press conference, during the pre-Olympic Games road race. Frank who began professional riding in 2003 with CSC has enjoyed a successful career, claiming so many title wins including; the 2006 Amstel Gold Race title, a third place overall at the 2011 Tour de France, and overall wins at the Tour de Luxembourg, Tour de Suisse, and Critérium International.
The 36-year old professional who at the time, rides for Trek-Segafredo revealed that the 2016 season will be his last as a professional rider.
“There is never an easy way to stop doing something you love to do, but I’ve always wanted to retire at a level where I was still competitive and fit,” Schleck said ahead of his third Olympic Games appearance.
“I’m really proud of having spent a large part of my life riding my bike for a living and, above all, I’m extremely thankful for the friends I have made along the way,” he added.
He explained that retirement would help him to focus on his family, enjoying more fulfilling time with them. Schleck, a proud father of two kids, has hinted that his family is more important to him.
Recounting the events of his professional career, he said, he would always be a rider, and the memories of all the victories he has had will remain with him.
Schlock made a total of nine appearances at the French grand tour, with a disappointing performance in his final French grand tour where he finished in the 34th place.
Luca Guercilena, the general manager of Trek-Segafredo has acknowledged Schleck contributions and effort to the progress of the team, wishing him well in his new life outside professional riding.
“Fränk has many incredible results in his career, and I’m sure he will obtain some more in the new life that awaits him.”