Vicente “Chente” García Acosta — the last rider who was active during the Miguel Indurain era — hung up the cleats for good.
The 39-year-old crashed out of the Vuelta a España this year with a broken wrist and decided it was better to put an end to his 17-year pro career than try to come back for next season.
“This was a decision taken months ago and I would have liked to have said goodbye on the bike, but a crash didn’t figure into my plans,” Garcîa said Tuesday. “I preferred to recover from my injuries before revealing my plans about the future.”
Garcîa is considered one of Spain’s most durable “gregarios,” riding his entire career under the umbrella of teams led by Eusebio Unzue. He turned pro with Banesto in 1995 and rode under the team’s different sponsorship names, from iBanesto.com to Illes Balears to Caisse d’Epargne to Movistar in 2011.
Garcîa won stages in both the Tour de France and Vuelta, but usually rode in the service of his leaders, including Indurain, Abraham Olano, Jose Maria Jimenez and Alejandro Valverde.