Monday 27 February 2012

Cozza quits

"Steven Cozza ‏ @STEVENCOZZA… ITs official. Thanks to all my great loyal fans. I will miss you all. Time for a fresh start in life... Farewell"

Steven Cozza
(image credit: Thomas Ducroquet CC BY 2.0)
Steven Cozza, cycling's most mustachioed rider, has announced his retirement from racing. The American, who has been riding for Team NetApp since the beginning of the 2011 season, came third in the National Junior Time Trial Championships in 2003 and has added several good results since then, mostly in time trials but also in road races such as the Vuelta a Chihuahua in 2007.

At the Tour of Qatar in 2010 he crashed during the second stage and broke his collar bone for the third time, requiring surgery to repair it. In his recent years he has been plagued with problems resulting from colitis, a condition in which the colon becomes inflamed. “For too long now I have been struggling with colitis," says the 26-year-old. "I am getting better at managing it but at this point it is not improving fast enough for me to continue at this professional level in the sport of cycling - I love the sport of cycling so to only be able to perform at 50% of my best because of my health has been very frustrating."

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