Bernie Eisel officially retires after 19-year career

The Austrian had previously professed a desire to race for one more year in 2020

Bernie Eisel (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Bernie Eisel has officially retired after 19 years as a pro rider.

The Austrian posted a message making the announcement, then reflecting on having "lived my dream" since he signed his first professional contract with Mapei in 2001.

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