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Sprint legend Zabel quits sport

Erik Zabel
Zabel is one of Germany's most successful cyclists

German cyclist Erik Zabel has announced he is to retire at the age of 38.

The six-times winner of the Tour de France green jersey for best sprinter will ride for the final time in October's Muensterland Giro in Germany.

"I had a lot of fun riding this year and could keep up with my rivals," said Zabel, who last year admitted taking banned substances in 1996.

"I don't know if I could do that for another season and think that this is the right moment to stop."

Zabel is among the most successful German cyclists of all time, winning 12 stages of the Tour de France, the Milano-Sanremo four times, the Paris-Tours three times and the Amstel Gold Race.

"I want to thank my colleagues, the functionaries and everyone else with whom I have experienced so many wonderful moments in cycling," he said.

"And also Team Milram, who have given me a lot of support in difficult times."

see also
Zabel suffers world champs snub
14 Aug 07 |  Cycling
Astana banned from Tour of Spain
13 Aug 07 |  Cycling
Contador wins tainted 2007 Tour
29 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Zabel to stay away from Olympics
05 Jun 07 |  Cycling
Zabel equals Paris-Tours record
09 Oct 05 |  Cycling


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