UAE Emirates rider Alexys Brunel retires from professional cycling at 23

The young French rider is leaving the sport to focus on other challenges in life

Alexys Brunel
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UAE Team Emirates rider Alexys Brunel has announced his decision to retire from professional cycling at 23-years-old, stating he wants to focus on different pursuits in his life. 

The Frenchman turned professional in 2019 with Groupama-FDJ Continental Team, before making the step up to the WorldTour team the following year, where he spent two seasons. Brunel then made the switch to UAE Emirates at beginning of 2022, however, he has decided now is the right moment to call time on his career. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.