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Last Call for Robbie McEwen


According to a story at Het Nieuwsblad, Robbie McEwen has confirmed that he will retire after the conclusion of this year's Amgen Tour of California. He will become a sprint coach for GreenEdge. McEwen has a contract with the team until the end of 2013, but he will finish out his contract as a coach instead of a rider.

McEwen turned professional in 1996 after a junior career in BMX that included a Jr. national championship. And indeed, McEwen has long been known for his bike handling and last kilometer hijinx. After four seasons with Rabobank, he spent eight seasons with Lotto.

McEwen is perhaps best known for winning the Green Jersey at the Tour de France on three occasions. Along the way, he picked off twelve stage wins at the Tour. He also won an even dozen stages at the Giro d'Italia. A two-time Australian national road champion, McEwen finished second behind Mario Cipollini at the World Championships in Zolder. In 2006, one of his peak years, McEwen celebrated 26 victories.