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Kloden retires from cycling

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  • Andreas Kloden of Germany strains in the last meters of the ninth stage of the Tour de France in 2012. Kloden finishd second in the tour in 2004 and 2006.

      Andreas Kloden of Germany strains in the last meters of the ninth stage of the Tour de France in 2012. Kloden finishd second in the tour in 2004 and 2006.
    Associated Press

 
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BERLIN -- German cyclist Andreas Kloden announced his retirement on Thursday after a 16-year professional career that included two runner-up finishes in the Tour de France.

The 38-year-old Kloden, who finished second in the tour in 2004 and `06, told the Weser-Kurier newspaper he wants to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.

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Kloden was the highest-finishing German, coming in 30th in his 12th Tour in July, when he raced for RadioShack. He told the DPA news agency that his failure to find a new team helped push him toward retirement.

The German rode alongside Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, winning eight pro stage races including Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Romandie and the Tour of the Basque Country on two occasions. He also claimed a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000.

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