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Thomas Lofkvist to retire after Lombardia

Former Swedish national champion to retire after Sunday's Giro di Lombardia

Thomas Löfkvist (IAM Cycling) announced he will retire from professional cycling after Sunday’s Giro di Lombardia.

The 30-year-old Swede has raced professionally since 2004, when he signed his first contract with FDJ.com. He made his mark as a reliable worker and a solid time-trialist.

“This year, I was never able to race at my level,” said Löfkvist. “My body, for some reason, was tired. I suffered a lot because it’s hard to work through a race knowing that you are not at your true level. I did not want to take up a place in the squad just to say I was still there. My body has told me to stop, but the final decision was not made on a whim. I have been thinking a lot about it all season and my mindset has evolved throughout the year. As I always find myself in harmony with my choices and decisions, I can hang up my wheels without bitterness or regret.

“There will probably be moments more painful than others, especially during those times when I would normally start training or leaving for camp. But I will not be alone and I will be surrounded by my family, so I believe I will be able to overcome these brief passages with equanimity.”

During his 11-year career, Löfkvist won Swedish national time trial and road championships in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In 2007, he won the stage 3 time trial at Critérium International. He also wore the pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia for a day in 2009, thanks to a victory in the team time trial with his High Road squad.

“After Lombardy, I will hang up my bike, but I still wish to leave with a sense of accomplishment,” said the Swede, as he looks ahead to his final day as a professional.