João Correia ─ the American/Portuguese rider who made the remarkable journey from the publishing world of New York City to the heart of the European peloton ─ will not be racing next season across the Atlantic.
Correia, 35, told the Portuguese wire service Lusa that he will not race next season in Europe due to a lack of serious offers from teams.
“I will not race for just any price,” Correia told Lusa. He had mentioned on his Twitter site that he’s returning to New York and he reflected on his final race with Cervélo on his latest entry on his personal Website.
Correia was one of the most interesting stories in 2010 after signing with top-level team Cervélo. He hadn’t raced in 10 years when he started to seriously train and drop some serious weight. He left behind a publishing job to sign with Bissell midway through 2008. He continued with the U.S. domestic team last season before being picked up by Cervélo.
He admitted he was signed just as much for his intriguing storyline than his outright racing abilities.
“The team didn’t sign me to win races, they signed me because they liked my story and wanted to help me develop,” he told Lusa. “In that respect, I think I gave the team more publicity than any rider, except Thor (Hushovd) and Carlos (Sastre).”
Correia made his season debut with 94th at Etoille de Besseges in February and completed both the Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. He did not finish the Tour of California or the Tour de Suisse, and finished out his season with 152nd in Paris-Bruxelles.
Correia is among a handful of Cervélo riders who have not been able to land a contract following the decision to merge the team with Garmin next season.
Nearly all the team has landed rides. The only others still looking include Spanish riders Xavier Florencio, Joaquim Novoa and Inigo Cuesta, 41, who hopes to ride an 18th Vuelta a España next season before retiring.