Michael Kolar (BORA – hansgrohe) has announced his retirement as a professional cyclist with yesterday’s Slovakian National Championships his last race. The 25 year-old will stay in the sport though, as BORA – hansgrohe have offered him a new role in their sponsorship department.

“Over the past year’s I worked really hard and then coming into this season and I tried everything to prepare in the most professional way for the season.” said Kolar. “However, at some point I expected a little more, but the results didn’t come. I feel now that I am pretty much at my best level, but this might not be enough to fulfil my own ambitions.

“I had a chat with Ralph about this, and after a few days he came back to me, offering a new opportunity. I appreciate his attitude a lot, and I think this a great chance to start something new and finally enjoy life. When I look back, there is nothing to regret. I am proud of what I achieved, especially the second World Title of Peter in Doha is an unforgettable memory, where I was able to play a key role to success. Now it’s time to say good bye, the National Championships was my last race as a pro.”

Kolar who finished in 3rd place behind team-mates Peter and Juraj Sagan at yesterday’s Slovakian National Championships started his pro career with Dukla Trencin Trek and subsequently signed for Tinkoff-Saxo in 2014. Amongst the highlights of his career were stage wins in the Tour de Serbie and Okolo Slovenska.

“I have great respect for Michael’s decision,”
said Ralph Denk, Team Manager of Bora-hansgrohe. “You have to have character to take such a step and be truly honest with yourself. Michael talked to me a few weeks ago, that he thinks about retiring. After our chat, we thought about where he might find a role to stay with the team. The conclusion was for him to take on VIP and guest management at some races as part of our sponsorship department.

“I think with his insight to the sport, his personal experience as a pro, he can give our guests and sponsors a great time at races and add value to our team. I hope that this role will be a good start for him into this new period of life.”


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