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Moninger retires after 275 wins

17 professional years, with some 275 victories.

Scott Moninger, one of the most prolific professional cyclists in American history, has announced his retirement.

The 40-year-old BMC rider ended his 17-year pro career last Sunday in St. Louis after finishing 24th overall in the Tour of Missouri.

In his final season, Moninger won 12 races to raise his career victory total to 275.

“At this point I would have to say that I am content with what I have accomplished during my career,” Moninger said. “I don’t know if any athlete is ever completely, 100 percent satisfied when looking back over their own performances. But I do feel that my appetite for competition and victories has been fulfilled. This was not an overnight decision for me, but one that I came to after much thought and consideration.”

A native of Atlnata, Georgia, now living in Boulder, Colorado, Moninger was a four-time winner of the Cascade Cycling Classic and the Nevada City Classic, a two-time winner of the Tour of the Gila, the Redlands Bicycle Classic, and the Tour de ‘Toona. He was the individual champion of the National Race Calendar series on two occasions, 1992 and 2005.

Moninger raced for six different professional teams during his pro career: Coors Light (1991-94), Chevrolet-Los Angeles Sheriff (1995-96), Navigators Insurance (1997-98), Mercury (1999-2002), Health Net-Maxxis (2004-06) and BMC (2007). He began racing at the age of 15.

“Cycling has been my life, my love, and my passion for nearly three decades and I can honestly say that it has been a great ride for nearly every minute of every mile,” he said. “Cycling has a unique way of giving back exactly what you put into it. I think that is what has kept me addicted to this sport for so many years … knowing that the harder I worked, the greater the rewards would be.”

Moninger enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2006, winning 16 races, including the Tour of Utah and the Mount Evans Hill Climb (for the sixth time). He represented the United States at the world road race championship in Italy in 1999 and was a member of the U.S. amateur team at the worlds in Japan in 1990.

His final victory came on August 18 in Dillon, Colorado, when he took the field sprint in the Dillon criterium.