Ian Stannard forced to retire due to rheumatoid arthritis

The British rider calls time on a 13-year professional career

Ian Stannard (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Ian Stannard has been forced to retire from professional cycling due to rheumatoid arthritis.

The 33-year-old has spent 13 years in the pro peloton but will be calling it a day at the end of 2020.

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