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Andreas Klöden Announces Retirement

The veteran German rider Andreas Klöden announced his retirement from cycling yesterday. The 38-year old  began racing professionally in 1998. 

Klöden was twice a runner-up in the Tour de France –  in 2004 and 2006. And,  for a long time he rode alongside compatriot Jan Ullrich on the German team Telekom.

Although he was suspected of doping in the 2006 Tour, Klöden never admitted to using banned substances and no case was ever brought against him.

Klöden later joined the Astana team, and rode alongside of Lance Armstrong following the American’s return from retirement in 2009. His successes included winning the Paris-Nice in 2000 and two Vueltas al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country).

He finished his career racing with the RadioShack-Leopard team this year. 

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