Veteran Kiwi Julian Dean has confirmed his retirement from cycling after 17 years on the bike.
The 37-year-old will step into a management role with his Orica GreenEdge team after the national road cycling championships in Christchurch next month.
While Dean was offered a racing position with the team, he says the time is right to walk away.
Dean built his reputation as a strong lead out rider, competing in 20 Grand Tours, including seven Tour de Frances, and four Olympic campaigns.
But he says he's getting to the stage where he wasn't recovering properly after long days of riding.
"The recovery from the injury hasn't been probably what it should be, or as fast as it should be and as a professional athlete you start to get put under pressure in all sorts of ways."