The German rider Lisa Brennauer has confirmed that she will retire from the sport of cycling after the 2022 European Championships held in Munich. The 34-year-old will bow out after the road race, due to be held on August 21st 2022. She has completed her last race for her trade team, Ceratizit-WNT at the Tour de France Femmes where she finished 58th Overall in her swansong major race.
Brennauer spent a large portion of the last 2 seasons focused on the track, and achieved great success for Germany. She became the Olympic, European and World Champion in the team pursuit as Germany hoovered up the major titles. Previously she was European Champion in the same discipline back in 2018. On the road, she was World Champion in the time trial back in 2014 and a 6-time national time trial champion too. She was able to combine a strong time against the clock with a decent sprint to secure GC victories in races on the road. The pair of Ceratizit Challenge victories in 2019 and 2020 were evidence of that.
The German is technically employed by the army throughout her cycling career and will shortly take up a position there.
The European Championships in Munich provide Lisa Brennauer with an ideal opportunity to finish her career in front of home German fans. Whilst a final win may seem unrealistic, it is very much a nice way to call time on an excellent career.
“I think it’s great to see the end of a wonderful career take place in Munich, in Bayern, so close to home.
In recent years I have often wondered: how long can I continue? Last year there were of course big highlights with the Olympic Games, the European Championships and the World Championships.
That’s why I started thinking more in the winter, and at a certain point I knew: let’s do it like this: Munich, the European Championship, a wonderful conclusion.”Lisa Brennauer