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Adam Blythe announces retirement

Blythe announces retirement and plans to explore other opportunities in the sport.

Adam Blythe has decided to call it a day after first stepping up to the WorldTour in 2009.

The 30-year-old Brit won the RideLondon Classic in 2014 and British National Championships in 2016, but has more recently become better known for appearing as a pundit on Eurosport.

In a statement released Thursday on Instagram, Blythe announced that “Its time for me to hang up my wheels as a professional bike racer.”

Blythe joined the top league of the sport in 2009 with Silence-Lotto, and has raced with many teams in his career, including Omega-Pharma-Lotto, BMC Racing, Orica-Green-Edge, and Tinkoff. His recent years were spent at short-lived Pro Continental outfit Aqua Blue Sport before returning to the WorldTour in 2019 with Lotto Soudal.

“The time is now right for me to step away from racing, spend more time with my beautiful Mrs and three beautiful children, while focusing on what else I can do in the sport,” Blythe said on Instagram. “I love cycling, and can’t imagine not being a part of the sport in some way, so I look forward to exploring whatever new opportunities come my way to keep me working in the sport, and with the people, I love.”

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Its time for me to hang up my wheels as a professional Bike racer…. The bike has been everything to me from a young age. From racing around the country with the my mates who I could still race with now, to riding grand tours and winning my home Classic race, Ride London. I have grown up in the sport and it has been some journey to get me to where I am today. I have a lot of stories, and an awful lot of good memories.  I have seen the sport change a lot over the past decade, with the sacrifices getting greater and greater for a pro to keep competing at the top level. With this in mind, the time is now right for me to step away from racing, spend more time with my beautiful Mrs and three beautiful children, while focusing on what else I can do in the sport. I love cycling, and can’t imagine not being a part of the sport in some way, so I look forward to exploring whatever new opportunities come my way to keep me working in the sport, and with the people, I love . See you all Soon x

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