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Nardello retiring after classics

Nagged by lingering physical problems, Italian veteran Daniele Nardello will retire at the end of this year’s spring classics. The 36-year-old will race in Harelbeke and Brabanconne this weekend as well as the Three Days of De Panne and Tour of Flanders before hanging up the bike for good after Ghent-Wevelgem. “My recovery has been slow from my crash at Tour Down Under,” Nardello said. “And when I didn’t get as fit as I expected at Tirreno-Adriatico, and the stomach virus I suffered at Milan-San Remo, my decision became definitive.”

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Nagged by lingering physical problems, Italian veteran Daniele Nardello will retire at the end of this year’s spring classics.

The 36-year-old will race in Harelbeke and Brabanconne this weekend as well as the Three Days of De Panne and Tour of Flanders before hanging up the bike for good after Ghent-Wevelgem.

“My recovery has been slow from my crash at Tour Down Under,” Nardello said. “And when I didn’t get as fit as I expected at Tirreno-Adriatico, and the stomach virus I suffered at Milan-San Remo, my decision became definitive.”

Nardello won 26 races during his 16-year career, with stints on such teams as Mapei, Telekom, LPR and Diquigiovanni before joining Fuji-Servetto this year.

Some of his standout victories included stages at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España as well as the Italian national championship in 2001.

Nardello said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family as well as opening up ice cream shops in northern Italy.

He will continue as a sport director for the Fuji-Servetto team.