|Grégory Rast announces retirement [07-08-18 18:29 by staff GoNBike.com]|
Swiss ‘ancien’ Grégory Rast announces retirement
At the age of 38 and after 11 years racing on Trek bikes, Swiss rider Grégory Rast has decided that the 2018 season will be his final season as a professional bike rider.
Rast started his professional career at Post-Swiss team in 2001, after being a stagiaire at the end of the 2000 season. In his 17-year-long career, Rast competed in 10 Grand Tours and 51 Classics. Amongst his victories, his two Swiss national titles (’04, ’06), a stage in the Tour de Suisse (’13) and winning the Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg (’07) stand out most. Grégory Rast is a strong classics rider who turned into one of the most experienced road captains in the peloton.
Rast: “I am happy the word is out and that everybody now knows that I will retire at the end of the season, but the season is not over yet, so I want to focus and enjoy racing for a couple of months more before I start to think about my last race. I want to give it my all for the team, and for myself, to finish my career at the highest level possible.”
Rast, who is currently racing with Trek-Segafredo at the Tour of Utah, will continue to stay in the team in an unspecified role.
General Manager Luca Guercilena: “I am happy that we came to terms with Grégy really fast. He’s one of the backbones of the team, and over the past few years, we saw him develop into an excellent guide for the young riders. He shared his broad experience and knowledge with them without any reserves. That’s why we are happy to keep him on board. We are looking at different options now, but we have not yet defined in which function that will be.”
Rast: “It’s never easy to call it a day, but I feel relieved now that I have decided upon my future. After 17 years in the pro peloton, it will not be easy for sure to leave this all behind, that’s why I am so happy that I get the chance to stay with the team. I have been with this team since the very beginning, and I have been riding a Trek bike since 2008. We go way back, so when Luca offered me the opportunity to stay with the team, I didn’t have to think twice.”
::Trek Segafredo - Press Release::
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