By VeloNews Interactive
Frankie Andreu, a teammate of two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, has announced his retirement from professional cycling.
“After racing nine Tours de France and spending eleven years as a European professional I have decided to retire,” Andreu announced Saturday, posting a statement on his personal website.
Andreu has spent much of the fall season considering his options after his U.S. Postal contract wasn’t renewed.
“After the highlights of the last two years my thoughts were that I should retire while I’m still at the top. As much as I will miss racing I am looking forward to many new opportunities.”
The 34-year-old Michigander said he has already accepted a front office position with the U.S. Postal team. “My first line of attack will be as the American director for the U.S. Postal Service team. This is a position I’ve always had the utmost respect for and I hope to earn the respect and leadership of the riders,” he said.
Andreu, a two-time Olympian, was instrumental in helping Armstrong capture the Tour de France the past two years.
Andreu’s career as a European road pro began with the American 7-Eleven squad, he moved on to Motorola, then Cofidis before joining U.S. Postal in 1998. That year he posted his best-ever Tour finish, arriving in Paris in 58th place.