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Ljungskog diagnosed last year

STOCKHOLM -- Susanne Ljungskog, a double women's road race world champion, is retiring from competitive cycling due to a blood disorder.

The 34-year-old cyclist was diagnosed with hemochromatosis last year -- an illness causing the body to absorb too much iron -- forcing her to end the season prematurely.

The 2002 and 2003 world champion said on her website Thursday that the treatment, which includes blood drainage, prevents her from reaching her full potential.

Ljungskog said she competes "to be in the top and fight and I feel I can't do that."