The 39 year old has enjoyed a long and decorated career, including spending the last decade with the team. With 20 Grand Tour appearances to his name, Knees was part of the team’s first Tour de France victory in 2012, in addition to Chris Froome’s three consecutive Grand Tour wins during 2017 and 2018.
A former German national champion in 2010, Knees is one of the sport’s most loyal support riders and next season will move to a new role, putting his experience to use behind the scenes to help the team’s Racing and Performance departments.
On calling time on his racing career, Knees told INEOSGrenadiers.com: “17 years is a long time. To be a professional at 39 years old is not something many people can say. At some point you need to retire and it’s always hard to end a chapter – but I’m really proud of what I achieved. The Grand Tour wins with the team – being there in 2012 with Bradley, and to be alongside Froomey at the start of the Tour in Germany in 2017. There are so many good memories, not to mention spending 10 years in one of the world’s best sports teams.
“On a personal level, being the national champion of Germany in 2010 and wearing that jersey for a year was a big honour. Winning my home race at Rund um Koln and also winning Bayern Rundfahrt – these are some really nice results that I can look back on with my head held high. Now it’s a good time to have some different adventures but will always ride my bike. I love riding and I love training.
“I’m staying with the team next year which I’m really happy with. Initially it’s going to be a year of trying different angles and new things off the bike, looking at how I can best help the team be successful.”