RadioShack-Nissan rider Joost Posthuma has decided to retire after failing to secure a contract for the 2013 season, he stated on his personal website today.
After spending his entire professional career with the Rabobank teams, the 31-year-old signed with Leopard Trek for 2011-2012, and remained with the team through its merger with RadioShack.
Posthuma was part of the Leopard Trek Tour de France team which put both Andy and Fränk Schleck on the final podium behind Cadel Evans in 2011. However, his important role as a domestique was of little value in a system which puts UCI points as the most critical factor in any team’s bid for the WorldTour.
“I have been negotiating with different teams such Vacansoleil, but they had no room. Additionally, there are many teams that need ProTour points and, to be honest, I have none. Teams need points in order…