In 2015, the cycling world got to know Ilnoer Zakarin, a nimble Russian climber who made his mark that same year with a stage win at the Giro and overall victory in the Tour de Romandie.
Zacharin was not a flawless paper. In his early twenties, he worked on stopping steroids from 2009 to 2012.
When Zakarin won a mountain stage at Finhaut-Emosson on his Tour debut, Russian cycling enthusiasts dreamed of a Tour podium in the following years.
But in the Giro (5th in 2017) and Vuelta (third in 2017 after Froome and Nepali) Zakrin was able to fly particularly high. His last trick at the highest level was to win a stage in the Giro 3 years ago.
Then I went down with the climber. Zakarin was given a place at Gazprom Rosevelo in 2021, which is no longer allowed to drive since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The 32-year-old Russian now thinks it’s time to put an end to his career. “I’ve known the ups and downs, the ups and downs, and the failures of my athletic career for more than 20 years,” Zakharin says. “Now I’m ready to move on.”
Zakarin now wants to enjoy his children more at home in Cyprus. He will earn his money in a company that oversees sporting events and athletes.
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