Cesare Benedetti will change bike for a team car as his career will come to an end at Tour de Pologne 2024

Cesare Benedetti was part of BORA - hansgrohe from the very first day. He was one of the first riders selected for Ralph Denk's new Team NetApp in 2010.

In August, 15 seasons later, the 36-year-old will end his career as a rider. together show the unique loyalty for which he is known within the peloton. Benedetti is the most experienced rider in the BORA – hansgrohe squad and has become a road captain in recent years. The biggest highlight of Benedetti's career will remain the Giro d'Italia 2019 stage victory in Pinerolo.

"It seems like yesterday that I met Ralph Denk at the 2009 World Championships in Mendrisio. We quickly came to an agreement and 15 years later, I am proud to finish my cycling career with the same team. Today I can consider it something very special," he shares in press communication.

As one stage of his career comes to an end, preparations for the next stage have already begun. Starting in 2025, Cesare Benedetti will become a Sports Director at Red Bull - BORA - hansgrohe. His focus will be on the rookie program with the newly founded U23 team. He will switch to the car for selected races in September and October to prepare for his new role.

"I am now ready to face new challenges in a new role, but still in the same great project. After 25 years of waking up every day with the same sporting goals, I feel grateful and blessed to be able to end my adventure as a professional athlete with new goals already in mind. I am sure this is very important for my future and my health in the next chapter of my life. There are still some big goals that I will share with the team as a rider for the rest of 2024, but I already feel highly motivated to give my best in my new position to repay the team's trust."

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