On the 6th of February 2009, Magnus announced his retirement from professional cycling.
In November 2010, Magnus announced that he would be coming out of retirement to lead the UK Youth Cycling Team alongside Nigel Mansell and his sons.
Magnus rode for MG Maxifuel in 2013. It was during the Pearl Izumi Tour Series on June 6th that he announced his second retirement from professional road racing.
Magnus continues to compete in triathlon competitions and is currently training for the 2014 Ironman triathlon in Hawaii.
Born in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden, Magnus began his sporting life not as a cyclist, but as a skier. He was selected for the national team when he was just 16.
Magnus began his professional cycling career riding for Collstrop in 1996, before moving on to Palmans in 1997.
After just two years of professional cycling, Magnus won the 19th stage of the 1998 Tour de France, between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Autun.
In that same year riding for GAN, he finished seventh in the Paris-Roubaix.
After a move to Alessio-Bianchi, Magnus won the ‘Queen of Classics’, the Paris-Roubaix; a race defined by it’s long cobbled sections
Racing for Ligiugas-Bianchi, Magnus finished second place on the 7th stage of the 2005 Tour de France, between Lunéville and Karlsruhe.
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I rode the last ever 100km team time trial in the world championships in Palermo. I was the youngest ever Swedish rider to get selected for a senior team time trial team.
I won 2 stages in the Pro/Am race Boland Bank Tour in South Africa which gave me my first professional contract for the following year.
My first year as a Pro was far from easy but in August I had the leaders jersey in the Tour de l’Avenir (Under 25 Tour de France). Later I won the Boland Bank Tour in South Africa.
Moved team to Palmans-Lystex and had a strong year in Belgium. At the end of the year I won the GP Isbergues and that got me my first big pro team contract.
I finished 7th in Paris-Roubaix and won the 19th Stage of the Tour de France (I am still the only Swedish rider to do so).
A year full of Injuries and illness; I didn’t get round to do much at all. It was a constant fight to get back to full fitness.
A 2nd place in the Swedish national championships during what was another tough year! However, I managed to get selected for the Sydney Olympic Games.
I got ill racing in Malaysia, a disastrous start to the year, but I managed to turn it around and had a strong finish. This was also the year my first daughter was born.
A move to the Danish team Fakta made for new motivation and I started the season super strong in Tour of Qatar where I held the leaders Jersey for a number of days. I also won Le Samyn.
I continued with Fakta and made a big improvement, ending up getting some good results:
1st Sweden National time trial championship
1st Intergiro competition winner Giro d'Italia
2nd Sweden National Road Race championship
2nd GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise
After Fakta closed down I ended up moving to Alessio-Bianchi with some of my team mates and this turned out to be the best year of my career. I won the Paris-Roubaix and was 2nd in Gent Wevelgem. I also went to my second Olympic Games in Athens.
Alessio closed down and I moved to Liquigas-Bianchi. I tried my best to defend my title at Roubaix but ended up crashing a few days before and rode Roubaix with a fractured wrist. But I still managed 4th. I also finished 2nd in stage 7 of the Tour de France.
Unfortunately I had a crash in the first race of the season which put my knee in a very delicate situation. I ended up missing most of the spring season. I finished up the season with some strong riding at Tour of Spain
Another big crash on the velodrome saw me on the side line with a separated shoulder. I had to have 2 surgeries to get it sorted. I also ended up missing the Tour de France that year but, after 13 years, I finally got my Swedish national road title.
I moved to Slipstream (later Garmin). Following a crash and broken collar bone in Tour of Qatar, I came back and was going really well. I finished 2nd in the Time trial in 3 days of DePanne but Roubaix was a write off due to mechanical problems at the Forrest of Arenberg.
I started my season training to do another year with Garmin but realised shortly that my body had had enough from all the crashes. I spent the first couple of months riding for a team I had set up to promote my coffee. In May I decided enough was enough and didn’t touch the bike for the next 12 months.
I continued to run the team I had with my former PR manager Martin McCrossan and also did a lot of commentary for various different channels.
The first year of Team UK Youth. I was back on the bike to promote one of the largest youth work charities in the country and the team was backed by Nigel Mansell and his sons. I had a great time back racing and felt like I was starting to pedal like I used to.
I continued with Team UK Youth which had by now grown a fair bit and we were out in Europe racing. In Tour of Britain I realised I still had the legs to ride with the best in the world and set out to find another contract. This didn’t prove too easy and in the end I had to pack up that idea. That’s when the crazy idea came. IRONMAN!!!!!
I rode for MG-Maxifuel until end of May when I started focusing purely on Ironman training and I completed my first 2 events. I also managed to fulfil my goal of qualifying to the world champs in Kona Hawaii 2014. This is now where all my focus lies.
@sprinter75 Been training that hard i haven’t had time to tweet.
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