Joaquim Rodriguez comes out of retirement at Katusha’s management request

Although he hung up his wheels after the Olympic road race in Rio, Joaquim Rodriguez has had a change of heart and will compete in four more races this season before finally saying goodbye.

The Katusha rider was seventh in this year’s Tour de France and then went on to net fourth in the Clásica San Sebastián and fifth in the Olympic road race. That was his intended end point, with the Spanish rider passing up the chance to ride one more Vuelta a España.

However on Wednesday it emerged that he will do an about turn and compete in several more events before finally, and permanently, walking away.

While Rodriguez had planned to stop, Katusha’s management requested that he continue until the end of his contract. Team spokesman Philippe Maertens confirmed that he will go on.

“Yes, it is correct,” he said. “He will do those races. We are happy he is going to do that because the team spoke with him yesterday and we are convinced that maybe not doing the Vuelta will be good for him.”

Rodríguez confirmed to Eurosport today that he will race Milano-Torino, Giro del Piemonte, Il Lombardia and the Abu Dhabi Tour, but those would be his final races.