Philip Deignan retires from professional cycling

Irish cyclist Philip Deignan has announced his retirement from the sport after 14 years racing as a professional.

The Letterkenny man represented Ireland at the Olympic games, raced in 10 Grand Tours, claiming a ninth placed finish in the 2009 Vuelta – bagging a stage victory on the way.

The 35-year-old raced for Team Sky since 2014 and had previously been with AG2R, Radioshack and Unitedhealthcare.

Deignan confirmed his decision to retire in a statement on Twitter.

“With a combination of sadness but also a huge amount of pride I would like to announce my retirement from professional cycling,” he wrote

“As a 15-year-old riding on the road around Donegal I never dreamed that I would go on to make the sport I love my job for 14 years.

“I appreciate all of the opportunities that have come my way and to so many people who have helped me during my career, thank you.

“There have been lots of ups and downs, but to be able to finish my career healthy and at the top of my sport with the best team in the world, makes me grateful and proud.”

“On to the next challenge.”