Rafael Valls has decided to retire from cycling this year, after 11 seasons in the WorldTour. Valls was an integral member of the Bahrain Victorious Giro team, which secured two stage wins and 2nd in GC with Caruso.
Valls commented on his decision:
“I’ve decided to stop racing from next season. In the summer, following the Giro, I had agreed to continue in 2022. However, after consideration over the past few weeks, I’ve decided to stop. I always want to compete at my best and perform at my highest level. But, after suffering several crashes over the years, I’ve got to be honest, and I don’t think I’m in the mindset to compete at that level.
Now I will take time away from cycling and focus on me and my family. I will always be grateful to the management and staff at Team Bahrain Victorious, who have been very supportive over the last two seasons.”