Former world Scratch Race champion Martyn Irvine retires from international competition

Martyn Irvine is stepping away from international cycling, saying it feels like a "natural end" to his career

Martyn Irvine, Track World Championships 2013, day two, evening

Martyn Irvine, the Irishman who won gold in the Scratch Race at the 2013 UCI Track World Championships, has announced that he is to retire from international competition.

Irvine, 30, wrote in a blog post that he isn't stopping cycling, but he's "just stopping putting cycling first in my life".

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.