Arthritis forces Bobridge into retirement

Jack Bobridge of Australia at the track cycling world championships in 2015.
Jack Bobridge of Australia at the track cycling world championships in 2015. Christophe Ena

CYCLING: Continuing struggles with rheumatoid arthritis have forced defending Australian road race champion Jack Bobridge to quit the sport aged 27.

The three-time Olympian was diagnosed with the condition in 2010 but was able to manage it while competing.

But racing and training finally took its toll and after winning a second Olympic silver medal in the team pursuit at the Rio Olympics, then quitting his professional team Trek-Segafredo in September, he realised the time was right to reluctantly call it a day.

"Since the (Rio) Games and backing off the training and racing load I've found my arthritis has been 100% better,” Bobridge told News Corp.

"And I've been able to get off all meds (medication) as well.

"I'm still on the bike three times a week but in terms of the arthritis it's been way less stressful on the joints and body.”

As well as his Olympic success, Bobridge also won three track world championship gold medals and broke the individual pursuit world record in 2011.

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