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Australia's Jack Bobridge retires from professional cycling

Associated Press Associated Press 30/11/2016

SYDNEY — Three-time world champion and former world record-holder Jack Bobridge has announced his retirement from professional cycling aged 27 because of rheumatoid arthritis.

Bobridge won two silver medals over three Olympic games, three world championships on the track and held the individual pursuit world record in 2011. He was a member of the Australian team that won silver in the team pursuit at this year's Rio de Janiero Olympic games.

Bobridge said the physical strain of professional cycling had exacerbated his condition and his health had improved since he left the Trek-Segafredo team in September.

He said "backing off the training and racing load I've found my arthritis has been 100 percent better. And I've been able to get off all (medication) as well."

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