Vasil Kiryienka, who helped Chris Froome win multiple Tour de France titles, has announced his retirement from professional cycling.
The 38-year-old Belarusian had been part of Team INEOS – previously named Team Sky – since 2013 and has made the decision following medical advice regarding a cardiac issue.
Kiryienka said: “It’s a really sad day for me, but it’s the right decision based on the advice I’ve been given by the medical team.
Vasil Kiryienka has today announced his retirement from professional cycling, following medical advice regarding a cardiac issue.
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“I’ve had a wonderful career and enjoyed every minute racing with this team.
“It’s been an incredible journey and I am so grateful for all the support I’ve received throughout my whole career.”
Team INEOS principal Sir Dave Brailsford added: “It is disappointing for Kiry and for us as a team. He is a true one-off and one of the greatest team riders of his generation.”