Road

Ljungqvist retires, takes director’s job at Sky

Saxo Bank’s Marcus Ljungqvist has announced plans to retire from competition and has accepted a director’s position at the new British-sponsored Sky team. The 35-year-old Ljungqvist said he had weighed several offers to continue riding, including one from the new RadioShack team, but decided it was time to hang up his cleats. "I am truly honored to have received offers in the twilight of my career," said Ljungqvist, "but all things come to an end and after serious reflection, I decided to look for a new challenge."

Ljungqvist, seen here at Paris-Roubaix in 2008, has been a member of CSC/Saxo Bank since '06.

Ljungqvist, seen here at Paris-Roubaix in 2008, has been a member of CSC/Saxo Bank since ’06.

Photo: Graham Watson – file photo

Saxo Bank’s Marcus Ljungqvist has announced plans to retire from competition and has accepted a director’s position at the new British-sponsored Sky team.

The 35-year-old Ljungqvist said he had weighed several offers to continue riding, including one from the new RadioShack team, but decided it was time to hang up his cleats.

“I am truly honored to have received offers in the twilight of my career,” said Ljungqvist, “but all things come to an end and after serious reflection, I decided to look for a new challenge.”

The former Swedish national champion has 20 major victories to his credit, including wins at Paris-Camembert, Route Adélie and a stage win at the Tour de Romandie.

Ljungqvist has been a member of Saxo Bank and its predecessor CSC since 2006.

Ljungqvist will encounter at least one familiar face in his new job. His current teammate, Norwegian Kurt-Asle Arvesen, has signed on as a rider for Sky in 2010.