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Joost Posthuma can’t find team for 2013, announces retirement

THE HAGUE (AFP) — Dutch cyclist Joost Posthuma has announced his retirement after failing to find a team slot for next year.

The 31-year-old Posthuma raced for RadioShack-Nissan under the direction of Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong’s former team chief.

“I have been unable to find a team for next year and I am not sure what I will be doing,” he said on his personal website. “I took my decision a few weeks ago. I am stopping and it’s time to move on to new challenges.

“My decision has nothing to do with the Armstrong affair. It is a total coincidence.”

Posthuma was best known as a powerful time trialist. He won a stage of Paris-Nice and came first in the Tour of Luxembourg and the Ruta del Sol.