ANDORRA LA VIELLA, Andorra (AP) Spanish cyclist Joaquim Rodriguez has announced that he will retire at the end of this season, ending a 17-year career marked by podium finishes at all three Grands Tours.
Rodriguez, who is competing in the current Tour de France, made the announcement on Monday at a news conference organized by his Katusha team.
Rodriguez says ''I still enjoy this sport so much but I am 37 years old.''
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He says he prefers to retire ''when I am still riding at a high level.''
Nicknamed ''Purito'' – or small cigar in Spanish – Rodriguez has enjoyed a strong start to the Tour. He was fifth overall after Sunday's toughest stage in the Pyrenees, just 37 seconds behind race leader Chris Froome.