Cycling, like sprinting, is a physically grueling exercise.
Hence, it should not come as a surprise when popular athletes announce their decision to retire. One such name is Alessandro Petacchi. He has announced his retirement from the profession of cycling. Having gained fame initially as an Italian sprinter, he has decided to retire from his cycling career at the age of 41. Fans will recollect many of his wins like the Giro d’Italia in 2003. He has been known as the best sprinter for the past decade. He has announced his retirement recently after he completed the latest Giro d’Italia. He states that the reason is having a viral infection that affected him during the event. He admits that, after the event he has not touched his bikes for the first week of June. Many of his fans remember his more recent cycling events like the Tour of Langkawi where he participated in the year 2015 in stage 4.