July 17, 2017 / 2:48 PM / in 4 months

Spanish veteran Zubeldia to retire in August

LE-PUY-EN-VELAY, France (Reuters) - Haimar Zubeldia is retiring in August after taking part in his 16th Tour de France, the Spanish veteran said on Monday.

Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 14-km (8.7 miles) individual time-trial Stage 1 - Duesseldorf, Germany - July 1, 2017 - Trek-Segafredo rider Haimar Zubeldia of Spain starts the stage. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“I want to announce that I’ll retire at the Clasica San Sebastian after 20 years as a professional cyclist,” the 40-year-old said during his Trek-Segafredo team news conference on the second rest day of the Tour.

Zubeldia has five top-10 finishes on the Tour, his best result coming in 2007 when he ended up fourth overall in Paris.

The Basque was a last-minute inclusion in Trek-Segafredo’s Tour team after Andre Cardoso was suspended following a positive drugs test.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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