Cozza's cycling career comes to a conclusion

Early in 2008 everything was coming together for cyclist Steven Cozza. He had turned pro three years before and now the Petaluma resident was aligning his confidence and his fitness with the demands of the sport. He started placing high in events. He felt as if he was about to summit and look at the view he always had dreamt about — someone everyone in the world's peloton would have to reckon with.

"I was getting into a lot of top 10s," Cozza said Tuesday. "I was on the verge of breaking out. I said to myself, &‘This is so much fun. I can easily see myself doing this until I'm 35.'"

Steven Cozza's career through the years


Cozza was 23 when he said that.

On Feb. 15, Cozza announced his retirement from the sport sooner than expected — at the age of 26.

"I feel like I have been robbed," said Cozza, who turned 27 last Saturday. "I want to end it on my terms. My mind is still there but my body isn't."

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