After making his comeback to professional cycling this year with Team MTN-Qhubeka, John-Lee Augustyn has announced his retirement with immediate effect.
John-Lee underwent a successful Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure of his left hip in 2011 to repair damage caused by avascular necrosis of the femoral head following a crash in the 2007 Tour of Portugal.
After the operation John-Lee proceeded with a thorough rehabilitation program with the goal of returning to his pro-cycling career.
During 2013 John-Lee expressed an interest in joining Team MTN-Qhubeka. Given his African origins, grand tour experience and performance record, the team was keen to bring him onboard.
After a comprehensive medical assessment by our team doctor Dr Jon Patricios and consultant specialists, management were given the green light and John-Lee signed for the 2014 season.
His 2014 race program started with La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in January, followed by the South African National Championships and Le Tour de Langkawi.
“I have had a hard time over the last few years in my cycling career suffering with on-going injuries. I decided to take an indefinite break for about a year and I then started riding again and the bug bit really bad to get back to racing. I think it’s in every Pro cyclist to race and we get used to it, it’s a strange but addictive life style,” said Augustyn.
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