"I am really sad to stop my career because of medical reasons but my health is more important than cycling ambitions. Over the last few months I have done many medical tests. Then, two surgical interventions put a name on my health issue.
From now, my state of health requires repeated health check and forced me to end career.
I spent 13 exceptional seasons in professional cycling that allowed me to make a living from my passion.
I did tremendous physical efforts to ride among the best riders as well. I even had the benefit to win Paris-Roubaix which was the race I dreamt of.
For sure, this victory will remain as my best memory in professional cycling.
I also would like to thank my family and friends who have always been there for me in both good and bad moments of my career. Obviously, I won’t forget my supporters and the AG2R LA MONDIALE team in which I lived two seasons of great human experiences."