Ineos veteran Stannard quits because of rheumatoid arthritis

British rider Ian Stannard has been forced to retire from professional cycling because of rheumatoid arthritis, the Ineos Grenadiers team said on Thursday. Stannard has been with the hugely successful British outfit since it was launched as Team Sky in 2010 and was an integral part of five Grand Tour winning lineups. “It’s disappointing to have to stop like this but it is clearly the right decision for my health and my family,” the 33-year-old Stannard said.

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