Michael Kolar to change role at BORA – hansgrohe.
At the Slovak National Championships, the BORA – hansgrohe pro announced his retirement from professional cycling. But Kolar stays with the team, he will take on a new role as part of their sponsorship department.
“Over the past year’s I worked really hard and then coming into this season and I tried everything to prepare in the most professional way for the season. However, at some point I expected a little more, but the results didn’t come. I feel now that I am pretty much at my best level, but this might not be enough to fulfill my own ambitions. I had a chat with Ralph about this, and after a few days he came back to me, offering a new opportunity. I appreciate his attitude a lot, and I think this a great chance to start something new and finally enjoy life. When I look back, there is nothing to regret. I am proud of what I achieved, especially the second World Title of Peter in Doha is an unforgettable memory, where I was able to play a key role to success. Now it’s time to say good bye, the National Championships was my last race as a pro.” – Michael Kolar
“I have great respect for Michaels decision. You have to have character to take such a step and be truly honest with yourself. Michael talked to me a few weeks ago, that he thinks about retiring. After our chat, we thought about where he might find a role to stay with the team. The conclusion was for him to take on VIP and guest management at some races as part of our sponsorship department. I think with his insight to the sport, his personal experience as a pro, he can give our guests and sponsors a great time at races and add value to our team. I hope that this role will be a good start for him into this new period of life.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager