Tour of Turkey: Retiring Niemiec set to close career in Istanbul

Tour of Turkey: Retiring Niemiec set to close career in Istanbul

14/10/2018 at 06:54Updated 14/10/2018 at 06:58

Polish veteran Przemysław Niemiec will wrap up his 17-year career on the finish of his last pro win in 2016 …

It is the end of the line for Przemysław Niemiec. The 38-year-old Polish climber will retire following the sixth and final stage of the 54th Presidential Tour of Turkey in Istanbul along the same streets he won his last career victory two years ago.

When asked of his favourite memories throughout a career that has spanned nearly two decades, Niemiec reflected on the many cycling greats he has had the privilege of racing alongside.

“I am happy because my 17 years, I ride with [Marco] Pantani, [Jan] Ullrich, very big riders, then second generation Paolo Bettini and company and now third generation from the young riders,” he explained. “After 17 year I am very happy.”

With 13 pro wins to his credit, the stage win at the 2014 Vuelta a España and a sixth overall at the 2013 Giro d’Italia quickly come to mind as his favourites.

“Maybe the stage of the Vuelta a España and sixth place in Giro d’Italia because of [Michele] Scarponi — I will remember those for a long, long time,” said Niemiec, who also has overall victories at the 2005 Tour de Slovénie and 2009 Route du Sud, as well as stage wins in Giro del Trentino, Coppi e Bartali, Route du Sud, Slovénie and Turkey.

As for what’s next Niemiec, it’s anyone’s guess. But for now, it is time to spend with family.

“I don’t know from this moment,” admitted Niemiec regarding his future off the bike. “Stay in the house with my children and maybe next year work in cycling, but I don’t know at this moment.

“I only know that our job in Turkey is not yet complete.”

Photo: Agnieszka Małgorzata Torba / Młoda Photography