Bernhard Eisel has announced his retirement from professional cycling, putting an end to a career that spanned 19 years and more than 1,300 race days.
The 38-year-old Austrian rode for Dimension Data for the past four years but was searching for a contract for the 2020 season. Despite contemplating retirement towards the end of 2018, following a serious brain injury, he decided to race for another year in 2019 and then voiced his desire to race in 2020 and bring up 20 years as a pro.
However, two weeks into the new year, with the new season set to begin at next week's Tour Down Under, Eisel announced his decision to walk away from the sport.
"Having the opportunity to ride on some of the most prestigious teams in the sport, on the biggest stages of them all, has been an incredible privilege. I have made friends for life and travelled the world living my dream but it's now time to take the next step of my journey," Eisel said in a written statement.
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