Alan Piper (61) quits cycling for good. And the Emirates team announced, on Monday morning, that the Australian will also step down as a consultant. “My cancer treatments over the past six years have had a huge impact on me both physically and mentally,” Piper said.
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Piper decided to stop working as a team manager in the Emirates team after last season. The Australian was still offered an advisory role within the team, but now he’s putting it aside.
“The cancer treatments I’ve had over the past six years have had a huge impact on me both physically and mentally,” Piper said in a press release. “Such an effect that I feel like I can’t do my job the way I want to.”
The Australian thanks the Emirates team for the good cooperation in recent years. “The team trusted me and gave me chances, even though they knew I had health issues. They showed a lot of understanding and always supported me, and I am very grateful to them for that.”
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CEO Mauro Gianetti: ‘Invaluable’
“It is very sad that Alan Piper has left us,” said CEO Mauro Gianetti. “Alan will always be a part of the team. During the three years we have worked together, we have learned a lot from him. His professionalism, dedication and knowledge have been invaluable to the team. We wish him all the best in his battle against cancer. The door is still open for us.”
Alan Piper previously worked as athletic director at Davitamon-Lotto, Team Mobile, HTC-High Road, Garmin-Sharp, and BMC Racing Team, among others. When the last team ceased to exist, Alan Piper moved to the UAE team Emirates.