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Martyn Irvine retires from competitive cycling to take up new role

Former World champion Martyn Irvine has retired from racing to take up a role with Aqua Blue Sport in 2018.

The Newtownards man will become Sport Director with the Irish team after announcing his retirement for the second time in under two years.

The 32 year-old has initially called time on his career in January 2016 but returned to racing later in the year.

“I have had a lot of injuries and there comes a point where the body just says no more. I have reached that point. I discussed this with Rick (Delaney - Aqua Blue Sport team owner) and he offered me the Sport Director role,” he said. “It is the perfect fit for me and the right decision. It is a huge challenge and I have a huge amount to learn but I am really looking forward to 2018.”

Irvine won a world track title in 2013, bridging a gap of 117 years since the last Irish champion. In the same lustrous year, he also won a World Cup gold, a silver medal in the points race at the World Championships, and a European bronze.

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