Fabian Wegmann, who closed out 2016 with Stölting Service Group, and Marco Bandiera, finishing his third season with the Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec organisation, are retiring from professional cycling. They join Belgium’s Geert Dockx – who announced Tuesday that he was hanging up his cleats – and a host of other notables retiring this year.
Wegmann, 36, announced his retirement in a press release on Wednesday morning. The winner of multiple German national road titles and king of the mountains in the 2004 Giro d’Italia, Wegmann collected a number of one-days and stage victories over the course of his career. He spent more than a decade as a pro, riding for the Gerolsteiner, Milram, Leopard Trek, and Garmin organisations before his final two years with Cult and Stölting.
“Retirement gives me a mix of sadness and excitement as I have committed the past 15 years to the sport, but there’s a lot to look forward to from now with new goals and ambitions,” Wegmann said via the statement.
“I’ve been fortunate to race some of the biggest and best races around the world and have gained a lot of experience from the sport. I’m now ready to give something back, and to put what I know into new challenges.”
Bandiera revealed his decision to retire from the road in an interview with tuttobiciweb.it. The 32-year-old Italian said that he had hoped to continue into next season, but had been unable to find a spot on a team. Bandiera rode variously for Lampre, Katusha, Quick-Step, and IAM before joining Androni, with a Tour of Turkey mountains classification title and a few WorldTour top 10s as his biggest career results.
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