Six-times Russian national champion Ivanov retires

Sergei Ivanov, Tour de France 2009, stage 14

A dispute with Katusha team manager Andrei Tchmil has led former Amstel Gold winner and six times Russian national champion Sergei Ivanov to call time on his career, at 36.

Ivanov's first claim to fame came as long ago as July 29 1998, in the Tour de France, after a rider's go-slow during the entire stage had almost brought the drug-wracked race to a halt.

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