Conor Dunne says ‘racing bikes was an adventure he’ll never forget’ as he retires at 27

The towering Irishman leaves the sport after winning a national title and riding two Grand Tours

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Conor Dunne said “racing bikes was an adventure he’ll never forget” as he announced his retirement from racing, aged 27.

Irishman Dunne, the tallest rider in the pro peloton, has been through a turbulent period in recent years after the collapse of his Aqua Blue Sport team and last minute signing to Israel Cycling Academy for 2019.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.