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Canadian cyclist David Veilleux announces retirement

David Veilleux of Canada, centre, rides in the pack during the first stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race in Porto Vecchio, France, Saturday June 29, 2013.

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Quebec cyclist David Veilleux is retiring just a few months after completing the Tour de France.

The 25-year-old said he wants to continue his studies in mechanical engineering at Universite Laval in Quebec City. Veilleux became the first Quebec-born cyclist to appear in the Tour de France this past summer and finished 123rd.

Veilleux, from Cap-Rouge, Que., will officially retire after taking part in Grand Prix cycliste events in Quebec City on Friday and in Montreal on Sunday. In a statement, he said he's proud of his accomplishments and that he has achieved his sporting goals.

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"Of course it's possible that I might regret my decision, but I really don't think that will be the case," he told The Canadian Press.

"I never saw myself having a very, very long career until the age of 35 or 40. That was clear for me from the outset. I wanted to reach my goals...I'm very content. I've sacrificed a lot over the last 10 years. I am at ease with my decision."

Also Wednesday, Ryan Roth of Guelph, Ont., was added to the Canadian team roster for this weekend's races. He replaces Ottawa native Michael Woods, who broke his collarbone in the third stage of the Tour of Alberta.

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