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.
Petacchi had announced his intent to retire much before once. That was in 2014. However, he came out of retirement to help Mark Cavendish. This was to help the team Omega Pharma Quickstep in 2014. This year he joined up with team southeast. They reached through the Giro d’Italia event this year before proceeding to tour Langkawi. Overall, he has won about 22 stages. In Tour de France, he has won about 6 stages. In 2010 he was awarded the green points jerseys. He has also won the Vuelta a Espana about 20 times, which is the grand tour of Spain. His impressive career also includes a cherished trophy won at Milan-San Remo in 2005 as well as one day races of Paris-Tours and Scheldeprijs. Being part of Omega Pharma has helped him to win Grand Prix Cerami of Belgium last year.