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Galdeano announces his retirement

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Gonzalez de Galdeano twice finished fifth overall in the Tour de France

LOGRONO, Spain -- Spaniard Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, who led the Tour de France for a week in 2002, is retiring from cycling at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old made his announcement on the first rest day of the Tour of Spain, where he is 113th overall.

"I feel it's time to call it a day." said the Liberty Seguros rider. "I've realised I can no longer fight for the major objectives I once aimed at.

"I discovered on the first day of this year's Tour de France that I no longer have the motivation I used to have for racing."

Gonzalez de Galdeano, whose elder brother Alvaro also raced as a professional, was second overall in the 1999 Tour of Spain when he won the stage to Ordino-Arcalis in Andorra and the prologue in Murcia.

In 2001, after finishing fifth overall in the Tour de France, winning what was at the time the fastest stage in the history of major Tours -- to Zaragoza -- with an average speed of 55.17kph (34.28mph).

The feat earned him the nickname 'Speedy Gonzalez'

He then took the lead in the 2002 Tour de France for a week before ceding it to Lance Armstrong in the Pyrenees and finishing fifth overall for a second year running.

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