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2-time track cycling world champ Hayles to retire

Updated: October 26, 2011, 16:34

LONDON (AP) Two-time track cycling world champion Rob Hayles is retiring from the sport after competing in one last event this weekend.

In a statement released Wednesday by his management company, Hayles says "it's time to step back and watch another generation of British cyclists rule the world.''

The 38-year-old won the team pursuit and madison titles at the 2005 worlds in Los Angeles. He also won an Olympic silver and two bronze medals.

Hayles said "the highlight of my career has to be winning my first World Track Championship title with Mark Cavendish in 2005, and it's been an absolute pleasure seeing how his career has taken off since then.''

His last event will be the National Hill Climb Championships in central England on Sunday.

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