After 12 years with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM, Ben Gastauer, 33, will end his career at the end of the 2021 season due to a pelvic floor problem which is hampering his ability to compete at the top level.
Vincent Lavenu, manager général de l’équipe AG2R CITROËN says:
« Ben Gastauer came from our training center and has spent his entire career with the team. He is a rider who is appreciated by everyone and who has been an essential element in many great team successes such as our Tour de France 2014 team classification victory. His excellent fitness level, his loyalty, and his kindness will leave a lasting impression of his time in the team. I wish him a successful post-cycling career and that he will take as much pleasure in his family life as he did in his professional career».Vincent
Ben Gastauer : « We accomplished great things together. »
« My pelvic floor problem has handicapped me since mid-April. I couldn’t sit on a bike for two months and still have pain today. I spoke to Vincent about my willingness to hang up the bike. He is giving me the gift of letting me finish my career at the Tour du Luxembourg (September 14-18), in front of my family and friends. It will be a great way for me to end my career. It is rare to have a whole career riding on the same team and I am very happy to have had this opportunity. We accomplished great things together, notably the podiums for Jean-Christophe Péraud and Romain Bardet at the Tour de France, which will remain my fondest memories. »Ben
Ben Gastauer spent 12 years, from 2010 to 2021, with the team. He completed the 2009 season at Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. He has won 3 professional victories (Luxembourg national champion for individual time trial in 2012, and the winner of a stage and the general classification of the Tour du Haut Var in 2015).
Last race in the Tour du Luxembourg
Ben Gastauer will complete his last days as a professional cyclist at the Tour du Luxembourg (September 14-18).
— Antonin Uvietta to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com