Ilnur Zakarin announces his retirement at the end of the season

The Russian Ilnur Zakarin (Náberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, 32 years old), third in the 2017 Vuelta and stage winner in the Giro and Tour, has announced that the 2022 season will be the last of his career as a professional cyclist.

On your Instagram account, Zakarin, has commented on the reasons for his withdrawal and says goodbye assuring his followers that this year he will do everything possible. for hanging the bicycle achieving good results.

“This will be my last season. I have felt the support of the fans and that has given me strength in these moments. I want to make a great effort to have a good year on the bike, “he says.

Zakarin, with 2 stages of the Giro and 1 of the Tour in his record, reviewed his beginnings in cycling and its evolution until leading to the current decision.

“I have thought for a long time how to deliver this news. From time to time it is important to describe your feelings. For me it is very important. I remember when I was 12 years old and I came to the national team. They didn’t let me train, but I didn’t give up, so I started to train hard, which helped me to be a cyclist, “he explains in his networks.

The Russian cyclist remembers his first coach, who told him that he would achieve his goals “with a lot of work”, a path that he undertook with his first team, the Vika.

With his retirement in 2022, Zakarin hopes to dedicate “more time to family, watch the children grow up and do other interesting things. “

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