American Carter Jones (Giant – Alpecin) will retire at the end of July to pursue a career off the bike.
The decision comes after a second bad crash in as many years, which forced the 27-year-old to rethink his future as a professional.
“It is a personal decision related to two accidents, one last year and one recently, and I am now ready to move on to the next step in my life,” Jones said. “I have to thank my family for expecting me to complete my college education before fully pursuing a cycling career.”
Jones is the second American to retire from Giant-Alpecin mid-season, a month after Caleb Fairly hung up his wheels in California. Giant-Alpecin “respects the decision and offers its full support and cooperation,” the team said in a statement.
Jones holds degrees in integrative physiology and sociology from the University of Colorado. He hopes to pursue a career in sports marketing and event production.
A win at the Tour of the Gila and the climbers jersey at the Amgen Tour of California in 2014 set Jones on a course for the WorldTour. He finished 14th overall at the USA Pro Challenge the same year, and signed with Giant-Alpecin for 2015.
“Carter has been a valuable member of the team, and we respect his decision,” said coach Rudi Kemna. “Carter’s dedication and professionalism cannot be faulted, and it has been a pleasure to have worked with him. We want to thank Carter for his commitment to the team, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”