Ruth Winder announces retirement
The former US road race champion has announced she will retire from professional cycling at the end of 2021.
In a video released by her team Trek-Segafredo, Winder said the decision to retire was something she had been considering for a while.
“I’ve been on the verge of making this decision for a few years and just really feel at peace with it now in my heart,”
“I’ve reached so many of my dreams already but my heart misses home while I’m on the road so much of the year.”
Today is a very special day for @RuthWinder— Trek-Segafredo (@TrekSegafredo) July 9, 2021
Firstly, it's her birthday 🥳 🎂
Then, she wants to tell you an exciting news: 2021 will be her last season in pro cycling 🙌
📽 Enjoy her interview and join us in wishing her all the best for the future: https://t.co/iRvCKZhrs8 pic.twitter.com/ZRQ4vvDXZK
The 28-year-old started her professional cycling career in 2014 where she raced for UnitedHealthcare team, before joining Team Sunweb in 2018 and settling at team Trek-Segafredo in 2019.
Winder has appeared at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under three times (2017, 2019, 2020) and won the overall general classification in 2020. Her glowing career on the road has included winning the National Road title in 2019 and stage wins at the Giro d’Italia where she’s worn the pink jersey twice.
She will compete at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games for Team USA this month after being a reserve for the track team in 2016.