Luke Rowe is to retire at the end of the season, Ineos Grenadiers announced on Friday. The 34-year-old is in his 13th season with the British squad, and had a contract for next year, but said now was the right time to “bow out”.

The Welshman, who has spent the second half of his career as a road captain for Sky, then Ineos, has had a “testing” last 18 months, with the latest challenge being an injury suffered in a crash at the E3 Saxo Classic earlier this year. He said that his “dream” way to finish his career would be to ride the Tour of Britain one final time, in September.

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