The end of the year also marks the official retirement for a number of professional cyclists, and in 2017 several who have featured heavily in the Tour of Britain over recent years are among the number to hang up their wheels for the final time.

Chief amongst them are a pair of stage winners in the race, who both retired mid-season in 2017.  The first of those is Tom Boonen, who officially retired after Paris Roubaix in April.  Boonen has twice before ridden in the Tour of Britain, winning a stage each time in 2004 (in Nottingham) and 2006 (pictured below, on The Mall in London).

Tom Boonen

The second stage winner from the race to also step away from racing is Kiwi Greg Henderson, who won Stage Two in Stoke-on-Trent in 2010, going on to be overall winner Michael Albasini’s main threat for the overall, before finishing second and winner of the Points Jersey.  Henderson retired following the Colorado Classic in August before moving into coaching.

Greg Henderson

Greg Henderson

Another rider who won the Points Jersey and is bringing to an end his 16-year professional career is Swiss rider Martin Elmiger who finished second overall, behind Sir Bradley Wiggins, in the 2013 Tour of Britain, also recording five top ten stage finishes to also take the Points Jersey home for his IAM Cycling team.

Martin Elmiger

The third jersey winner retiring this year is former British Champion Kristian House, who will take up the Performance Manager role at one of his former teams, JLT Condor, in the New Year.  Having made his debut in the 2006 race, House rode 11-editions of Britain’s national Tour, finishing them all with a best result of tenth in 2009 while wearing his National Champions jersey, plus top 20 finishes in 2006 and 2008.

House is perhaps best known for his attacking riding, often being seen in the breakaways and wearing the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey in four editions, including in 2012 when he won the classification overall.

Kristian House

Kristian House leads the Tour over the summit of the Shap climb during the 2012 race

Several names that will be familiar to fans of the Tour of Britain are Rob Partridge, Albert Timmer and Matt Cronshaw, all pictured below.  The former announced his retirement ahead of this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain, with the final stage to Cardiff being his last top line road race.

Partridge first race in the 2004 Tour, going on to feature in ten editions, including a finish of eighth overall in 2008.

Albert Timmer visited the podium in Bristol in 2014, when after a day long breakaway he finished second on the stage, only being overtaken in the closing metres by World Champion in waiting Michal Kwiatkowski.  Consolation for the Team Giant rider was the day’s Combativity Award.

Finally Matt Cronshaw has been another stalwart of the British scene and a Tour Series champion with Madison Genesis in 2015.  Matt retires to combine a management role with the Ribble Pro Cycling team and pursuing his interest in pottery, through his newly established Little Torch Ceramics business, about which you can find out more here.

Rob Partridge

Rob Partridge in the breakaway on day one of the relaunched Tour of Britain in 2004 when riding for Wales

Albert Timmer

Albert Timmer attacks the climb of Bridge Valley Road in Bristol during the 2014 Tour.

Matt Cronshaw

Matt Cronshaw in Congleton before the Start of Stage Three in 2016. Matt would feature in a memorable breakaway with eventual stage winner Ian Stannard.


OVO Energy Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot Group would like to wish all of the featured riders, plus the others retiring at the end of the 2017 season all the best for their future careers off the bike, and to thank them for their support and efforts over the years.