The Welsh cyclist has been forced to retire
Scott Davies has announced he is retiring from professional cycling due to a hip injury. Davies required surgery for the injury, followed by a long rehabilitation process which meant he was only able to start two races in 2021 and unfortunately failed to finish both.
In a statement, Davies posted to his social media he said, “After a challenging 18 months with injury, surgery, and rehab, I’ve had to come to the difficult decision to retire early from professional cycling at the end of the year,”
The young rider said he had hoped the decision “wouldn’t come so soon,” but says he will be “forever grateful” for the journey of his career.
Davies rode for Team Wiggins and won the British U23 time trial title four years running between 2014 and 2017. He turned professional with Team Dimension Data in 2018 before joining Bahrain Victorious a year later, with whom he had not been offered a contract extension.
He attributed his passion and success in professional cycling to his history in his home of Carmarthenshire with Towy Riders, an accredited ‘go-ride’ club that offers inclusive, and progressive cycle skills training for people of all ages and abilities. “It’s where I started my journey to becoming a professional cyclist, and I likely wouldn’t have pursued a career in cycling if it wasn’t for them.” – Davies said.
The rider had previously stated The Giro d’Italia was his favourite race and that a return in 2021 had heavily motivated him.
— Scott Davies (@scottdavies95) December 16, 2021
“I’m sincerely grateful to all the teams I’ve been a part of, to Welsh Cycling & Sport Wales who have supported me throughout my career, and in particular to all of those who have been a part of my rehab process this year.”
The full statement from Davies is available to read on his social media.