Having closed out the year 2016 with team stoltings group; the stolting service group, Fabian Wegmann has announced his plan to retire from professional cycling.

He is not alone in this as Marco Bandiera, who has just recently rounded up with the Androni Giocattoli sidermerc organization after his third season, has also decided to retire from the sport.

Among the host of sports men retiring from competitive cycling this year, Geert Dockx from Belgium has also made the decision to exit the sport and hang up his cleats. The 36-year-old Wegmann just recently announced his retirement plan in a press release. Wegmann, who has won multiple events including many German national road titles and is regarded as the king of the mountains from his victory at the Giro d’Italia in 2004, has spent a large part of his life participating in the sport.

Throughout the course of what had been a wonderful career, he had received a good number of one days-and other stage victories. A good part of his professional career was spent riding with several teams from the Gerolsteiner to the milram, then the leopard trek and then the garmin organizations after which he spent his final two years at the cult and stolting.

Regarding his decision to retire, Wegmann said at the press conference:

“Retirement gives me a mix of sadness and excitement as I have committed the past 15 years to the sport, but there is a lot to look forward to from now with new goals and ambitions.”

He expressed his joy to have participated in the sport and gained a lot of experience. He said; “I’ve been fortunate to race some of the biggest and best races around the world and have gained a lot of experience from the sport. I’m now ready to give something back and to put what I know into new challenges.”