Sky's Barry to retire
Canadian calls time on 14-year career
Last Updated: 06/09/12 11:18am
Michael Barry: Tour of Beijing will be his last race as a professional
Team Sky rider Michael Barry has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
The Canadian has been with the team since the outset in 2010 and is best known for his hard work and team ethic, becoming one of the chief domestiques in his three seasons.
Barry said: "I am ready to retire as a professional cyclist. 2012 will be my last racing season. The Tour of Beijing will be my final race.
"I've reached a period in my life where I want to grow in other directions and experience some of what I had put on hold while racing."
Michael Barry Quotes of the week
"Cycling will forever be my passion but it is time to change direction to spend more time with my family.
"I've reached a period in my life where I want to grow in other directions and experience some of what I had put on hold while racing.
"Through my 14 year professional career I've been fortunate to race with many of the top teams.
"From my first coaches and club-mates to Dave Brailsford and my Team Sky team-mates I've had the opportunity to race and learn from many of the best. The last three years on Team Sky has been ideal on every level.
"Racing is the job I dreamed of doing. I must thank my team-mates, coaches, and rivals for making the job satisfying and memorable. The emotions after crossing the finish line, sitting on the bus with team-mates and recounting the day will be hard to recreate."