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Title: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on March 26, 2012, 07:41
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-impe-announces-immediate-retirement (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-impe-announces-immediate-retirement)

(http://cdn4.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//photos/2007/apr07/roubaix07/SPO-PR07-012_220.jpg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Martin318is on March 27, 2012, 00:18
http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829 (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829)

just sayin...   ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: DinZ on March 27, 2012, 01:40
http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829 (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829)

just sayin...   ;)

wow, you will need to take up a new hobby to fill in all that time. Or will we see a comeback in the future, where you offer to coach the new young mod on the block through the trauma of July postings. yes you may have added a few pounds, but it is all muscle. honest.

also noticed the list of people wishing you well looks strangely familiar
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on March 27, 2012, 07:35
http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829 (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829)

just sayin...   ;)

Classic

enjoy the retirement  O0
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: AG on March 27, 2012, 14:10
http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829 (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829)

just sayin...   ;)

but we are still blessed with your company, so we will graciously allow you to retire and enjoy   ;D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on March 27, 2012, 14:22
but we are still blessed with your company, so we will graciously allow you to retire and enjoy   ;D

I had no idea that Martin had "retired" from CN until this thread. I rarely go there now but he was a terrific mod when I was on there all the time. It must be a really crap job on some forums.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Tuart on March 28, 2012, 12:20
http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829 (http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=16829)

just sayin...   ;)

You did a lot of work Martin and to get a comment from Dan Benson says it all! You deserve a rest!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Martin318is on March 28, 2012, 23:12
Thanks for the kind words, all!  And yes, I had noticed that the posts on that thread were all from people we all know and love...like... are happy to talk in a civil fashion with!

Yes, I am enjoying ignoring the reported posts in my email (its not switched off yet as I am still listed as an Administrator there until dev get around to resetting me).  Its amazingly relaxing to see one and think 'not my problem, sorry'.  Its a long long time since I had last logged in there and just enjoyed myself posting - but now I have Velorooms for that!  You may see the odd post from me there - because I would like to pass the 3,000 post barrier - but I am spending about 99.5% of my forum day here.

(I honestly wasn't meaning to derail this thread quite this badly - it was just a throwaway joke! So back to the real retirements!)

cheers,
Marty
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: DinZ on March 28, 2012, 23:47
Thanks for the kind words, all!  And yes, I had noticed that the posts on that thread were all from people we all know and love...like... are happy to talk in a civil fashion with!

Yes, I am enjoying ignoring the reported posts in my email (its not switched off yet as I am still listed as an Administrator there until dev get around to resetting me).  Its amazingly relaxing to see one and think 'not my problem, sorry'.  Its a long long time since I had last logged in there and just enjoyed myself posting - but now I have Velorooms for that!  You may see the odd post from me there - because I would like to pass the 3,000 post barrier - but I am spending about 99.5% of my forum day here.

(I honestly wasn't meaning to derail this thread quite this badly - it was just a throwaway joke! So back to the real retirements!)

cheers,
Marty

Trying to get the thread back on track. Once a mod always a mod.... ;D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Zam on April 01, 2012, 00:10
Alberto Contoli (Colnago) retired, he wrote on his facebook page.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ram on July 18, 2012, 07:29
Blump
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on July 18, 2012, 08:46
Matt Wilson retiring

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/matthew-wilson-to-retire-after-vattenfall-cyclassics (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/matthew-wilson-to-retire-after-vattenfall-cyclassics)

wonder if that is the last of the breed.

Hard ass Aussie riders came to Europe and flogged themselves as Doms for no glory but had 10 - 15 year careers.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: brassyn on July 22, 2012, 22:25
Has Chris Horner got something he would like to announce after hanging onto George Hincapie's retirement hurrah onto the Champs Elysees today?  Or was he just getting in the way?  :)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: froome19 on July 22, 2012, 22:31
Has Chris Horner got something he would like to announce after hanging onto George Hincapie's retirement hurrah onto the Champs Elysees today?  Or was he just getting in the way?  :)
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/horner-gives-everything-as-radioshack-clinches-tour-team-title (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/horner-gives-everything-as-radioshack-clinches-tour-team-title)
Nope doesnt seem that way at least

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Horner revealed that he has felt better at this Tour than he ever has in the past and stated that he hopes to return next year at the grand old age of 41. He also had some words of encouragement for Fränk Schleck who he has clearly become close to over the last few months.

"I want to come back, absolutely, if I've got the legs," Horner said. "I felt that this was the strongest Tour de France I've had. I felt really good in the mountains and thought that there were only four or five guys that could climb better than me here. I figured that if I got dropped it was more because of the efforts I was putting in to protect the team classification or to help guys on the team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ram on July 31, 2012, 01:17
Wong Kam Po at the Tour of Taiwan
“But I might as well give way to younger riders,” he said. “If I do the Olympics, I’ll probably retire the day after. If I don’t, I might even retire before July because I’m pushed to move into coaching as soon as possible.”

He's not just on the road, so it might have to wait a bit longer.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on July 31, 2012, 06:18
Vino retired 2.0 after the ITT tomorrow at the Olympics.

Image the look of Fat Pat if he wins a medal
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on August 01, 2012, 01:59

Image the look of Fat Pat if he wins a medal

lol.  that would be hillarious. Unfortunately i think he has about as good a chance as Richie Porte.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 02, 2012, 08:13
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2012/08/000_DV1244611-606x421.jpg)

Armstrong, who returned to cycling after the birth of her baby nearly two years ago in a deliberate bid to defend her crown, then announced she’d taken part in her final competitive race.

“I am now officially retired,” said the 38-year-old Armstrong
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 06, 2012, 10:51
(http://cdn2.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/06/22/1/000_dv1200017_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/arndt-proud-of-olympic-performance-as-she-prepares-for-retirement (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/arndt-proud-of-olympic-performance-as-she-prepares-for-retirement)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ram on August 11, 2012, 03:05
Vino retired 2.0 after the ITT tomorrow at the Olympics.

Image the look of Fat Pat if he wins a medal
I'll believe it when he goes.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 20, 2012, 08:53
(http://news.velonation.com/Men/Road/Va_Vl/2012/original/Vinokourov_Alexandr_Olympics12-2.jpg)

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12663/Alexander-Vinokourov-Interview-Olympic-Champion-reflects-as-he-hangs-up-his-wheels.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12663/Alexander-Vinokourov-Interview-Olympic-Champion-reflects-as-he-hangs-up-his-wheels.aspx)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Tuart on August 20, 2012, 10:53
This thread: lots of hindsight lols  :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 28, 2012, 12:00
GT

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David White: "I am completely done and at peace with myself"


Well folks ... We are at the end of this road, I suffered, I cried, I've had good times and bad but mostly I enjoyed the sport and the Volta ever had.

When in February my "friend" Peter lit the fuse speaking ill of my forum toad never believed that the butterfly effect could be so strong, touched a spot in my soul that caused such internal explosion went from not wanting or see the bike within 5 miles of my to have most of the hunger for it.

The road has been filled with much suffering, moments of loneliness, pain and hunger but it was worth it, I believed in a dream with all my heart and gave me like everything else and had never worked as an attempt to be better cyclist and a better person and I have come to the conclusion that if you believe in something with so much strength that even hurts sometimes dreams come true.

It was a mixture of pride, self-esteem and desire to excel ... I could not leave by the back door without trying, very few people know but last year was not easy for many reasons that you do not care, and are past.

I tried with all my might trying to enjoy every second without really thinking it could never fail because the mere fact try and savor every step of the way filled me completely. I did not care what they said or pensasen me but also knew he had much to lose and little to gain ... If I win I will say is a more critical and if I lose I'm finished and much worse because I know people can be infinitely cruel.

The truth is that when you believe in something with all your might result stops importing and tell you what's on your side without affect you, I gave everything I believed in me more than ever and I succeeded! This is just wonderful, I'll take all engraved in my heart ... It has been the best year of my life, I've done for me, to be happy and everything else just gave me. I'm completely done and at peace with myself.

I just hope my story will help many, we are experiencing very difficult times and do not lose faith, not to lower the arm, the fight for what is fundamental dreams ... Fight my friends because if they do with all their power the dreams come true.

Thanks team, without you would not have been possible, thank Portugal for all you have given me, I like to thank each on my facebook wall, each follower on twitter, every shout of encouragement from the gutter, thanks Monica, you a champion and I have done infinitely better person, Xavi, thanks for being inspiration to many, thanks to all of you who put your two cents, I will always carry in my heart.

Carpe Diem

David White, in his Facebook, winner of five Voltas to Portugal (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012)

David Blanco retires I think  ???
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 05, 2012, 11:43
(http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2011/08/31/2/pic219267750_600.jpg)

Moncoutié confirms retirement

The benchmark of a clean rider retires

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/moncoutie-confirms-retirement (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/moncoutie-confirms-retirement)

Sunday to be his last day as an active rider
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on September 05, 2012, 12:43
(http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2011/08/31/2/pic219267750_600.jpg)

Moncoutié confirms retirement

The benchmark of a clean rider retires

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/moncoutie-confirms-retirement (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/moncoutie-confirms-retirement)

Sunday to be his last day as an active rider

Let's hope he can sneak off on the Bola del Mundo.  ;D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on September 05, 2012, 12:44
I hope Vuelta honour him somehow.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: froome19 on September 05, 2012, 21:04
Michael Barry retires. The Tour of Beijing will be his final race:

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After a lifetime of bicycle racing and experiences that have taken me around the world, introduced me to my wife and my closest friends, I am ready to retire as a professional cyclist. 2012 will be my last racing season. The Tour of Beijing will be my final race. Cycling will forever be my passion but it is time to change direction to spend more time with my family. I’ve reached a period in my life where I want to grow in other directions and experience some of what I had put on hold while racing.

As a boy, I was fortunate to have supportive parents who surrounded me with a nurturing community. Through the most challenging moments in my cycling career and life, my family has been the safety net that gave me the confidence to persist. Firstly, I must thank them for their unwavering support and love. My wife, Dede, a retired professional cyclist, supported my career and goals and understood the sacrifices a cyclist’s family must make.

Through my 14 year professional career I’ve been fortunate to race with many of the top teams. From my first coaches and clubmates to Dave Brailsford and my Team Sky teammates I’ve had the opportunity to race and learn from many of the best.  The last three years on Team Sky has been ideal on every level. Racing is the job I dreamed of doing. I must thank my teammates, coaches, and rivals for making the job satisfying and memorable. The emotions after crossing the finish line, sitting on the bus with teammates and recounting the day will be hard to recreate.

Many of my fondest memories involve the bike but reach far beyond races: riding through the parks with my mother on the way to school, riding with my father, uncle and aunt through Provence, riding with my wife in the Rocky Mountains, and teaching my sons to ride their bikes.  On the bike, our relationships developed. That will continue long after I retire as cycling will always be a part of me. Cycling has given me something that reaches far beyond finish lines and race results. Over the last year, as I’ve thought of retirement and reflected on my career, this has become increasingly clear.  The racing journey has been a thrill but the cycling journey will continue.

Chapeau to a great cyclist who always gave his best for the sport..
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Havetts on September 07, 2012, 14:09
Grischa Niermann retires Sunday and will become a trainer for the rabobank continental squad.

http://www.rabosport.nl/wielrennen/video/AQYmJVVkFKey4qBHOdrmnIVb/Grischa_Niermann_stopt_ermee (http://www.rabosport.nl/wielrennen/video/AQYmJVVkFKey4qBHOdrmnIVb/Grischa_Niermann_stopt_ermee)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Dim on September 09, 2012, 13:43
Jez Hunt retires.. no surprise
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Francois the Postman on September 09, 2012, 14:04
(http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2011/08/31/2/pic219267750_600.jpg)

Moncoutié confirms retirement

The benchmark of a clean rider retires

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/moncoutie-confirms-retirement (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/moncoutie-confirms-retirement)

Sunday to be his last day as an active rider

Yeah, great rider... picked him in my fantasy team as a 'last time I could' tribute. Man did he cost me points  :police: :fp ;D

He tried, but couldn't take any glory home with him this time around. Hope it gets acknowledged somehow. He thoroughly deserves that.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 11, 2012, 09:56
(http://cdn0.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2011/05/28/2/scanpix_81ks20110528fl_1049_600.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/demaret-retires-at-28 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/demaret-retires-at-28)

Demaret retires at 28
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Havetts on September 14, 2012, 10:31
Dimitri Fofonov retires.. (Source: Astanafans)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 17, 2012, 08:37
(http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/01/14/1/greeedge_05launch__150.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rhodes-says-farewell-with-world-championship-silver (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rhodes-says-farewell-with-world-championship-silver)

Put a brave face on to return to the sport.

For those that do not know Alexis and her Aust teammates - a whole generation of Australian womens road cycling were almost wiped out when hit by a car

Amy Gillett died and others returned to various levels

Story here

http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2005/jul05/jul19news2 (http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2005/jul05/jul19news2)

out of that the amygillett foundation was born  http://www.amygillett.org.au/ (http://www.amygillett.org.au/)

But this is about Alexis enjoy the retirement :beer 
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on September 17, 2012, 09:15
(http://cdn0.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2011/05/28/2/scanpix_81ks20110528fl_1049_600.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/demaret-retires-at-28 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/demaret-retires-at-28)

Demaret retires at 28

That's really sad for J-E. Crohn's is a really nasty disease and makes any sort of endurance sport - and all the nutritional and fitness demands that go with it - pretty much impossible. You have good phases and you have bad phases, which is not palatable for pro cycling.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 19, 2012, 11:58
Simon Richardson has announced that he will retire from the sport.

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12891/Richardson-retires-from-cycling.aspx#ixzz26ucOCWCw (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12891/Richardson-retires-from-cycling.aspx#ixzz26ucOCWCw)

(http://news.velonation.com/Men/Road/Ra_Rl/2012/original/Richardson_Simon_TourBrit12-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: nvpacchi on September 19, 2012, 16:51
Alan Pérez retires after 8 years with Euskaltel

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=55697 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=55697)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 25, 2012, 20:53
(http://cdn2.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2012/09/25/2/000_app1999101038237_220.jpg)

Gallery: Freire career retrospective
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/gallery-freire-career-retrospective (http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/gallery-freire-career-retrospective)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on September 26, 2012, 00:07
Sad to see him go. A huge personal favourite of mine, I have always enjoyed his effortless style, his lethal acceleration and his supreme tactical awareness. He couldn't always stand up to the big trains in the GT sprints but his record in one-day races alone has to put him among the all time greats, not just as a sprinter but as a classics rider.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on September 26, 2012, 01:06
Moncoutie Freire and Vino, possibly the 3 biggest fan favorites of the last decade, all retire in the space of less than 2 months.

Jens will probably go on another year though.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: nvpacchi on October 09, 2012, 15:24
Patxi Vila hangs up his wheels.

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=56283 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=56283)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 18, 2012, 08:10
Javier Iriarte (Movistar Team) takes leave from professional cycling

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=56485 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=56485)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Slow Rider on November 06, 2012, 08:21
Only realised this thread existed after I had posted on the general news one..

http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2698/Sport/article/detail/3343247/2012/11/06/Posthuma-beeindigt-wielerloopbaan.dhtml (http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2698/Sport/article/detail/3343247/2012/11/06/Posthuma-beeindigt-wielerloopbaan.dhtml)

Joost Posthuma quits cycling. Had a bad year, had trouble adapting to his new team, two children at home. He didn't enjoy the sport as much any more, didn't have a new team and didn't want to take a step back to a smaller one. He denies the doping revelations had anything to do with it, but well, coming from RNT I do somehow doubt that.

Early to retire at 31, but understandable. Posthuma was a good rider, but never really exceptional in any way. Still a good domestique and TT'er.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Arb on November 06, 2012, 08:40
That's a bit sad.

The problem once you get to that age as a domestique, it's better for the team to invest in a youngster who might develop into something one day. Posthuma could go on for several more years in a WT team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 06, 2012, 09:35
agreed that is a bummer

Hope he enjoys retirement though
Title: Retirement announcements
Post by: kabloemski on November 08, 2012, 11:05
“@Cycling_tweets: Bertogliati retires after 13 seasons as professional http://t.co/hW7GAmvN #cyclingnews”

"The 33-year-old began his professional campaign in 2000 when he signed for Lampre - Daikin. He has won two Swiss national time trial titles and one road championship.
His most memorable moment came early in his career when he beat Erik Zabel and Robbie McEwen in stage 1 at the 2002 Tour de France and wore the maillot janue for two days.
"In Asia I think the level has really risen in the last 10 years. The riders are getting much better," he said in a team video."
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Kvinto on November 08, 2012, 15:45
That's a bit sad.

The problem once you get to that age as a domestique, it's better for the team to invest in a youngster who might develop into something one day. Posthuma could go on for several more years in a WT team.

The saddest thing for me is that I read Joost's interview (supposedly the end of spring / beginning of summer) where he stated he's leaving Radioshack to find a new team in which he would have more freedom and could have got some races for himself :(

I've even considered him for my CQ team...
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 02, 2012, 07:00
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13413/Back-problem-and-lack-of-contract-spells-the-end-for-Hostes-career.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13413/Back-problem-and-lack-of-contract-spells-the-end-for-Hostes-career.aspx)

Not sure if link is good new tablet still working it out


Seems ok

1 of my all time favorites bad luck seems to have lessened his career should have won P-R once
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on December 24, 2012, 23:26
Barredo retires and begins working for some cafe company in Madrid.  :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: esafosfina on January 03, 2013, 14:20
Jez Hunt retires.. no surprise

Tardy reply, sorry! Jez is moving back to Melbourne where he's hoping to enroll in University... he's hoping to do a physio course.

(The very idea of Jethro as a Uni student is mind boggling! I hope fatherhood has tamed him...!)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ram on January 04, 2013, 18:25
Julian Dean to retire after the Kiwi national championships
http://www.bikenz.org.nz/Story?Action=View&Story_id=84 (http://www.bikenz.org.nz/Story?Action=View&Story_id=84)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on January 04, 2013, 19:02
I always had a soft spot for Deano even if he didn't win much. A great pilotfish in his day.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on April 23, 2013, 13:16
AleJet switches of engines: “I stop here” (http://www.teamlampremerida.com/en/2013/04/alejet-spegne-i-motori-mi-fermo-qui/)

(http://www.teamlampremerida.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Petacchi-appoggiato-bici-sito.jpg)

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Alessandro Petacchi (photo Bettini) chose to publish on team website www.teamlampremerida.com (http://www.teamlampremerida.com) an important choice about his career ad pro cyclist.

“Paris-Roubaix closed an early part of the season in which I raced a lot, trying to be protagonist in traditional appointments, such Milano-Sanremo, and in competition for me less usual as Paris-Roubaix.

I approached all these races in the whole professional way, driven by the enthusiasm that Galbusera family and the new sponsors gave to the team. I’m aware I gave my best, as I always did in the 18 seasons as professional cyclist.

My career has been full of satisfactions and enriched by all the most important victories that a rider like me could ever aimed to. At the threshold of the 200 victories in career, I feel my life reaches a peculiar moment, a turning point in which I perceive the need to find a new dimension and to have more time to dedicate to my family. These considerations induce me to the decision to pause my career.

I always put first the professional side of my job, honoring the efforts made by sponsors, such Lampre, Merida and all the other partner of the team: I really thank them for the trust they gave me in these marvelous years.

I feel it’s time to dedicate time for myself and to go in search for new spurs.

By now, I want to say goodbye to all the cycling fans, considering that maybe there will be the chance to come back some day to be part on the world that gave me so much, offering my experience to the new cycling generations.

I’d like to thank the team, the sponsors, the management, the staff and athletes and everyone that supported me during my career, confirming by now my availability to support, when necessary, my mates and the team with advices and my experience.

Your sincerely,

Alessandro Petacchi”.

Team LAMPRE-MERIDA thanks Petacchi for the winning years spent together: 14 victories and the green jersey in Tour de France contributed to enrich a human and professional relation. Respecting the cyclist choice, the team and its sponsor are aware that the relation between AleJet and the blue-fuchsia-green colors will continue to be strong, considering the will by Petacchi to give his availability to offer the team its experience and his image of top sprinter. Soon, the team will organize initiatives in order to give tribute to the extraordinary career of Petacchi.

vetooo ‏@ammattipyoraily 5m
Alessandro Petacchi's Major Wins. Giro d'Italia 22 Stages, Tour de France 6 Stages, Vuelta a España 20 Stages. Milan-San Remo 2005.

vetooo ‏@ammattipyoraily 1m
Petacchi won the points classicifation in each of the three Grand Tours - Giro, Tour and Vuelta - during his professional career.

SEE YA ALE-JET
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on April 23, 2013, 13:18
As I said elsewhere, stopping in April after barely two months' racing and a winter's worth of training is a bit odd, unless he was only signed until now.

Anyway, hopefully he will have plenty of stuff on his life list that he can now finally start doing. It's a tough beat giving your whole youth to the bike like these guys do.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on April 23, 2013, 13:21
Does seem odd especially with the Giro in 2 weeks would have thought ride the Giro and then retire if he wanted to finish now

Edit - did not know this - vetooo ‏@ammattipyoraily 2m
Most Grand Tour stage wins 1. Eddy Merckx 64 (G24, T34, V6), 2. Mario Cipollini 57 (G42, T12, V 3), 3. Alessandro Petacchi 48 (G22, T6, V20)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Dim on April 23, 2013, 13:26
As I said elsewhere, stopping in April after barely two months' racing and a winter's worth of training is a bit odd, unless he was only signed until now.

Anyway, hopefully he will have plenty of stuff on his life list that he can now finally start doing. It's a tough beat giving your whole youth to the bike like these guys do.

Signed in 2010.. likely a 2 or 3 year contract. .If it was 3 it was up last year, maybe just agreed to do a couple of months to start the season..
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on April 23, 2013, 14:31
One of the great all-time GT sprinters, shame to see him go.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: sublimit on April 23, 2013, 14:45
Classy sprinter.   And still able to go toe to toe with Cavendish until a couple of years ago despite being past his best - shows how good he was.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: mew on April 23, 2013, 19:40
D@mn

Sad to see AleJEt go.. :(
I thought he added pure class to the peloton..

I have to admit bells went ringing a bit considering the timing of 'immediately'..but I'll  pass on it as I really did enjoy his sprinting style..

I sure am going to miss a lot of these guys..Friere, McEwen, AleJet...and many more of that age.. :'(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on April 24, 2013, 17:08
Saw a tweet from Tour de Jose earlier, but it linked to Wielerland and I can't read Dutch.

http://www.wielerland.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25608&Itemid=36 (http://www.wielerland.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25608&Itemid=36)

Is this really saying that Alejet didn't quit?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: barrus on April 24, 2013, 17:11
Saw a tweet from Tour de Jose earlier, but it linked to Wielerland and I can't read Dutch.

http://www.wielerland.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25608&Itemid=36 (http://www.wielerland.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25608&Itemid=36)

Is this really saying that Alejet didn't quit?

Yeah, they said something similar in the Sporza broadcast of Romandy. It appears as though he hasn't really retired
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on April 24, 2013, 17:13
Wait what. How?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: barrus on April 24, 2013, 17:19
Wait what. How?

Petacchi is saying that his words were incorrectly understood, that he meant that he wanted to do something like Zabel, helping other sprinters as a leadout or something and that he did not know why he would ride the Tour since he has nothing he could accomplish there at the moment
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 13, 2013, 09:55
Andreas Klier retires from 17 years as a rider to become a ds with #garmin
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on May 20, 2013, 10:56
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/leipheimer-confirms-im-retired

Just in case you were wondering, Levi won't be coming back
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 20, 2013, 10:58
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/leipheimer-confirms-im-retired

Just in case you were wondering, Levi won't be coming back

aye

(http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/gloffs/gloffs0812/gloffs081200001/4081280-broken-bottle-a-shattered-bottle-of-wine-isolated-on-a-white-background.jpg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Slow Rider on May 20, 2013, 11:06
aye

(http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/gloffs/gloffs0812/gloffs081200001/4081280-broken-bottle-a-shattered-bottle-of-wine-isolated-on-a-white-background.jpg)

Watch out next time you buy glue, may just be some broken pieces of glass in it.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on May 20, 2013, 11:08
 :( bottle
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 20, 2013, 17:52
Reports menchov may retire due to knee injury.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Havetts on May 20, 2013, 18:34
Confirmed, a shame. One of the few riders that was capable of falling uphill has retired :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on May 20, 2013, 19:13
Crashed going uphill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl4eCCa1pJQ


Crashed going in a straight line

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5jvDnCY28Y


Also won three Grand Tours.

Farewell Denis Menchov.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 05, 2013, 12:22
O´Grady set to retire after the TDF 2014

Hard nut most Olympics in cycling as a male , Gold medals stage wins in GT´s and this defining moment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHB1KxhMoLE
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 24, 2013, 08:43
(http://images.wielerupdate.nl/news/4792.jpg)

in dutch

http://www.wielerupdate.nl/wielernieuws/24964/rujano-stopt-na-dit-seizoen-met-wielrennen/ (http://www.wielerupdate.nl/wielernieuws/24964/rujano-stopt-na-dit-seizoen-met-wielrennen/)

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 06, 2013, 11:57
#kom legend Charteau to retire seasons end. http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15166/Charteau-announces-intention-to-retire-but-wants-some-results-before-bidding-adieu.aspx

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on August 10, 2013, 12:29
Bert Grabsch to retire at the end of the season, no new contract offered by Omega Pharma Quickstep

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=64739
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 10, 2013, 12:34
Bert Grabsch to retire at the end of the season, no new contract offered by Omega Pharma Quickstep

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=64739

sad really , no more 12 rpm, dinner plate, 50 km\h ITT´s
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on August 10, 2013, 13:11
Confirmed, a shame. One of the few riders that was capable of falling uphill has retired :(


Yes, if you only watch the Tour of France, you might get the feeling it's pretty rare ...

It happens all the time !
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on August 24, 2013, 09:52
Garezlli retires, was honored yesterday

Quote
(http://www.sun-times.it/foto/image/PhotoScanferla_8880_2.jpg)
GARZELLI DOWN BY BICYCLE: AT TRE VALLI VARESINE GREETINGS IN CYCLING
An icon of modern cycling after 16 years of professionalism and several big success leaves cyclism. At Tre Valli Varesine the greeting to the public of cycling, this is the home race for the athlete Vicentino, who touched roof of the world by winning Giro d’Italia of 2000.

He raced among professionals for sixteen years, a life, or rather two. He began by running alongside champions like Indurain and Bugno, has joined Pantani in his glory years and has had the privilege of having the Pirate in his service, to conquer what remains his greatest success: Giro d’Italia 2000. Stefano Garzelli has stood for elegance in the world of cycling, strength in the mountains, tenacity in pursuing important results whenever the road bucked, and most of his finest companies registered them at Giro d’Italia, race that most of all identified and brought him into the hearts of the people. Winner of 11 stages at Giro d’Italia, he also won the jersey of best climber in 2009 and 2011, as well as Tirreno Adriatico (2010),! four stages in Tour of Switzerland and other important achievements.

Almost forty years, Stefano Garzelli has decided to stop running: the last race, at Giro d’Italia 2013, where group also wanted to give him a lap of honor in the last stage, at Brescia, to greet the audience that saw him grow, mature, become Champion and then finish as a Champion. To greet the group and all of his colleagues, Stefano chose Tre Valli Varesine, the home race for him, that is held in Varese, although now he lives with his beautiful family in Valencia. He will be greeted by the whole city, with a prize this morning at 11am at the presence of high local institutions. “I’m glad I stopped when I heard – said Stefano, visibly moved – and this year at Giro d’Italia i realized that what was to be my last effort. I love cycling, I love this world and I will not turn away. Let’s say that the first and largest chapter, life of cycling rider, it’s finished.
This Giro d’Italia, with Vini Fantini Selle Italia team, was the right conclusion of a journey, with a color that identifies me (he won Giro d’italia 2000 with a uniform very similar, ed) and that has always made me dream. I thank Scinto and Citracca for the trust and support, and I wish #yellowfluo team to continue the great, this is one of the most beautiful groups in which i ran.


also Niko Eeckhout will retire at the end of the season

http://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/23841/niko-eeckhout-gaat-stoppen.html
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 05, 2013, 19:19
http://www.dirkbellemakers.nl/nieuws/afscheid-als-professioneel-wielrenner/ (http://www.dirkbellemakers.nl/nieuws/afscheid-als-professioneel-wielrenner/)

Dirk Bellemakers ‏@DirkBellemakers 16m
End of a beautiful era. My farewell as a professional cyclist from January 2014
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 05, 2013, 19:25
A guy who you rarely noticed, but a familiar name and someone who always was around in the Belgian peloton.

Good luck in his further endeavours!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: GMiranda on September 06, 2013, 00:51
According to CyclingQuotient (and other sites I trust and from which I remember the riders' names), the riders retiring at the end of 2013 are the following:
- Andreas Klier
- Christian VandeVelde
- Denis Menchov
- Miguel Armando Ubeto (probably, if he takes 2 years for his offense)
- Dirk Bellemakers
- Jurgen Van de Walle
- Bert Grabsch
- Adrián Palomares
- Stuart O'Grady
- Anthony Charteau
- Roy Sentjens
- Sérgio Ribeiro (forced to it, took 12 years)
- Markus Föthen
- José Rujano (he will ride his last race at 2014 Vuelta al Táchira, in January)
- Danilo Di Luca (no way to bypass at least 8/12 years)
- Stefano Garzelli
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 06, 2013, 08:02
Sandy Casar will retire as well

http://lci.tf1.fr/sport/cyclisme-sandy-casar-met-un-terme-a-sa-carriere-8259675.html

there was an interview in Le Parisien today (gt):
Quote

He has stored his motorcycle near the Palace of Congress before settling in a café in porte Maillot. EMU, Sandy Casar extensively explained why, at age 34, he had decided to end a career started in 2000 and completed under the colours of the française des jeux. "I realize not really, says t - it. '' This decision will become reality when I read this interview in your journal...

"This season was your last?

SANDY CASAR. Yes. I saw Marc (Editor's Note: Madiot, the Manager of the JDF) Wednesday. It's been a little while, personally, I've thought. Since the beginning of the season, I have problems with allergies, and, above all, a back problem pretty recurrent that prevents me to be at my best level. I am always looking for old feelings that I can't find. I'd rather stop here rather than continue one more year in this same boat.

At the beginning of the season, you are intending to participate in the three major Tours (Italy, France, Spain). Finally, you only ran the first three days of the Giro before falling...

I am frustrated. For me, it's a failed season. It's been a lot of sacrifice, and altogether it nothing happens. Mentally, it really was not easy to manage. This season seemed endless. I really feel that my body says stop.

Know - you you'll do now? Good question...

I'd stay in cycling but not specially at the level race, rather on the side of the organization. I want to see what happens next. Why not at ASO (Editor's Note: Amaury Sport Organization, which manages the Tour de France)? I would like to organize, make the course, give my felt as a rider, because I find some more dangerous arrival details.

You are recognized as a clean rider. Have - you regret over all these years marked by doping?

No, because I always gave the best, I always fought. Thereafter, it cannot know what would have happened. But it is true that my decision to stop also takes into account this aspect: there is a small little ras up everything.

A think - you when you look at your results and your rankings?

The biggest disappointment, this is may be the sixth place in the Giro in 2006. There's not only one of the top five which is taking (for doping) behind... I will keep the small feeling of me flying.

Are - you jealous of superior awareness of other former French riders who have cheated yet, them?

Non. I know what I've done and how. OK, they may be more notoriety that me and in larger houses, but it is me equal. And then may be that they live badly. And may be at one time or another, they will regret it. You have your consciousness for you... That's it. Even if, for the public, what we are doing is unthinkable without doping. People don't believe me! I can no longer stand. It takes me to a bandit while I was very honest. It is painful. In addition, with positioning system Adams, I felt from the first day in prison. Taking my retirement, I have the impression out of jail!

How do see - you current cycling?

Everyone is more and better trained. Therefore the level is smooth. It will therefore be easier to see the one who cheats because immediately there will be a difference.

And Chris Froome then?

I want to believe (to its crushing in the 2013 Tour success) because I love this sport; but Armstrong said the same thing... In addition, there is still one big difference compared to the other... I do not know. We will see in the coming years.

I have always liked Casar, would have wished him a better season to retire. Doing all grand tours (and maybe winning a stage) sounded like a good plan, too bad it did not work out after his crash in the Giro
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 06, 2013, 08:05
Sandy Casar will retire as well

http://lci.tf1.fr/sport/cyclisme-sandy-casar-met-un-terme-a-sa-carriere-8259675.html

there was an interview in Le Parisien today (gt):
I have always liked Casar, would have wished him a better season to retire. Doing all grand tours (and maybe winning a stage) sounded like a good plan, too bad it did not work out after his crash in the Giro

agreed always been a fan

https://twitter.com/OffredoYoann/status/375875782994034688
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 06, 2013, 09:21
The end of an era. One of the riders who's always been around since I started following cycling more closely than watching the Tour mountain stages. Always attacking.

Adieu Sandy.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 06, 2013, 09:25
there's also an interview with him on FDJ's website:

http://www.equipecyclistefdj.fr/actualites/entretien-avec-sandy-casar-791.html
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: GMiranda on September 06, 2013, 11:58
Yes, that's sad... with his way of racing, I expected he would be a kind of Voigt-one, but the problems led him to say goodbye... he could have been a top-10 rider in the GT's if he preferred that instead of looking for stages and great exploits... but he was a truly combative and great one
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 10, 2013, 12:13
(http://www.ouest-france.fr/photos/2013/09/10/130909205007940_55_000_apx_470_.jpg)

Anthony Ravard to retire - in french - http://www.ouest-france.fr/sport/dma_cyclisme_-Anthony-Ravard-met-fin-a-sa-carriere_44096-2227240-fils-80_filDMA.Htm (http://www.ouest-france.fr/sport/dma_cyclisme_-Anthony-Ravard-met-fin-a-sa-carriere_44096-2227240-fils-80_filDMA.Htm)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 11, 2013, 13:40
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 11, 2013, 14:22
Pinotti, Quinziato and Pozzovivo all managed to study alongside their cycling careers. Harden the flip up! :yuush


But I certainly don't blame him. I can barely get a ride in next to my studies; can't begin to imagine how it must be to train on a professional level and study at the same time.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 11, 2013, 15:04
yeah, but in their case it did not came along with living thousends of km away from home. I think it is a reaonable decision
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 11, 2013, 15:21
yeah, but in their case it did not came along with living thousends of km away from home. I think it is a reaonable decision
True, I didn't think of that.
Of course it's reasonable; it's just somewhat unusual.

Good luck for his future studies!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 16, 2013, 12:31
*za Robbie Hunter Retires - http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hunter-to-retire-after-16-year-career (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hunter-to-retire-after-16-year-career)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 16, 2013, 12:58
Bye bye Robbie.
It's been a good time.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 16, 2013, 20:27
Assan Bazayav will retire after the Tour of Almaty.

Vino has offered him a "job in Kazachstan" and he agreed

http://vesti.kz/vuelta/179448/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 16, 2013, 20:37
Kash has apparently retired as well

My guess no job from Vino awaits
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 16, 2013, 20:40
okay, in that interview it just says that Kash will not get a new deal for next season.

but as I can't really see anyone else signing him as well...
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 23, 2013, 10:09
Not sure what he will be most remember for

Top 10 at the Tour , smashing himself and breaking everything a lot , the ride to help Ryder win the Giro or Darkside and the USADA report

TTT world championships marks the end for Christian Vande Velde (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ttt-world-championships-marks-the-end-for-christian-vande-velde)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 23, 2013, 18:11
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 23, 2013, 18:27
No new contract with Riis, no desire to step down to Conti, and certainly no desire to take a chance with XXX-Christina Watches - tough luck.
This is why Denmark/Scandinavia needs a ProConti team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 24, 2013, 08:03
No new contract with Riis, no desire to step down to Conti, and certainly no desire to take a chance with XXX-Christina Watches - tough luck.
This is why Denmark/Scandinavia needs a ProConti team.

Scandinavia need one for sure and would be a great team , the cyclists would work well together , the DS´s etc no problems sponsors would be easy to find.

The fans however , not sure they wold get behind it - weird thing the scando´s and sport
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 24, 2013, 17:32
The fans however , not sure they wold get behind it - weird thing the scando´s and sport
Good point. But I think you should be more optimistic.
It works OK for Concordia-Riwal with their Swedes, and People4You-Unaas is a Swedish-Norwegian team as well that looks as if there are no problems there as well.
Of course nobody (apart from us nerds) gives a damn about Continental teams, and, as you say, it's logical that the riders & staff work well together.
However, while the public might have reservations at first, success tends to win over people:
Imagine Alexander Kristoff getting a top-5 at the Ronde for Team Statoil-Nordea (just picking some random sponsors here), supported by Kasper Klostergaard, Martin Mortensen, Fredrik Wilmann, Tobias Ludvigsson etc. :)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 24, 2013, 17:34
Good point. But I think you should be more optimistic.
It works OK for Concordia-Riwal with their Swedes, and People4You-Unaas is a Swedish-Norwegian team as well that looks as if there are no problems there as well.
Of course nobody (apart from us nerds) gives a damn about Continental teams, and, as you say, it's logical that the riders & staff work well together.
However, while the public might have reservations at first, success tends to win over people:
Imagine Alexander Kristoff getting a top-5 at the Ronde for Team Statoil-Nordea (just picking some random sponsors here), supported by Kasper Klostergaard, Martin Mortensen, Fredrik Wilmann, Tobias Ludvigsson etc. :)

true Success help
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 29, 2013, 10:55
Tadey Valjavec has retired from cycling (at the end of july already)

he is working in the hotel his family has opened in Pokljuki now instead

http://translate.google.de/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.siol.net%2Fsportal%2Fsportal_plus%2Fintervjuji%2F2013%2F07%2Fintervju_s_kolesarjem_tadejem_valjavcem.aspx
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 01, 2013, 10:59
Mikel Astarloza will retire after the Tour of Beijing

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=66257

Farewell letter (gt):

Quote
"With this note I want to report that this 2013 will be my last season as a professional cyclist, after 22 years contesting races and the last 12 seasons in the top flight.

My debut was in the "Tour Down Under" to Australia in 2002 and the "Tour of Beijing" will be my last race as a professional next week. I've always stated as a lover of the "Tour de France" and the mere fact of having played 9 times has been an honor!

Although only lift my arms have gotten 3 times, my greatest triumph has been enjoy my profession and earn a living doing what I like, to pedal ...

It has been a long journey in which I have made many friends, I have met many places and carry with me many fond memories.

It was the hardest decision I've had to make so far, but I turned 34 and I think it's time to change your lifestyle.

I will leave aside many things that surely miss you, but afrontaré new life projects with the same enthusiasm as I have done so far.

I would not want to say goodbye without to thank everyone who have helped me in my career, family, friends, teammates, masseurs, mechanics, managers, journalists, organizers, fans and especially the town of San Pedro.

Continue seeing cycling and of course, the roadside ...

A warm hug and soon!

In San Pedro, the October 1, 2013

Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 01, 2013, 11:03
1st of many with 5 teams going under this last months of 2013 I think
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 03, 2013, 13:18
 :(

(http://news.velonation.com/Men/Road/Pa_Pl/2013/original/Pinotti_Marco_worldsTT13-1.jpg)

Marco Pinotti blog: Time to bring my career to a close

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15564/Marco-Pinotti-blog-Time-to-bring-my-career-to-a-close.aspx#ixzz2gf1pTWgI
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on October 03, 2013, 13:20
I'm sure there are spots in the staff section of cycling for Marco if he wants it.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 03, 2013, 13:22
maybe Hitch, maybe - or you could just read the blog  :P
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 03, 2013, 13:23
I'm sure there are spots in the staff section of cycling for Marco if he wants it.

did you read the blog ? he already is going to the performance team at BMC working with Piper and BobbyJ
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on October 03, 2013, 13:24
No I didn't read the blog. Since I didn't, does it count as a good prediction?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 03, 2013, 13:25
No I didn't read the blog. Since I didn't, does it count as a good prediction?

Nope as it was mentioned months ago , just a good memory
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on October 03, 2013, 13:32
Nope as it was mentioned months ago , just a good memory

Never read it months ago neither.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 03, 2013, 13:43
Never read it months ago neither.

great prediction :rasmussen

:rave

 ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 03, 2013, 17:19
One of cycling's best riders - in every aspect of the sport - stops.
He can look back on a longer and more illustrous career than he himself ever thought when he started. Thankfully he'll stay involved, giving others the opportunity to learn from the "professor" in years to come.

Grazie, Marco.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: pastronef on October 06, 2013, 10:58
D.Zabriskie retires today, last race at Il Lombardia
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 06, 2013, 11:03
same for Anthony Charteau
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on October 06, 2013, 19:02
D.Zabriskie retires today, last race at Il Lombardia

Sad day. I've always been a fan of DZ, one of my favourite characters in the peloton.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 07, 2013, 05:03
Another Cyclists with Super hero names leaving

Captain America and another fan favorite The Arrow Juan Antonio Flecha who will retire after Beijing.

 :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 07, 2013, 10:20
Flecha says he has already booked a no-return ticket to Hawaii  :hitch

personally I'd have liked to see him around for another one or two years, but I can understand that he don't want to bother with another team change and so on. He has had a good career - few wins though, but still, Het Volk, Züri Metzgete, Giro del Lazio, a Tour stage and several podiums in Paris Roubaix, and never anonymous, his races and wins stay in mind.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 07, 2013, 10:25
Flecha says he has already booked a no-return ticket to Hawaii  :hitch

personally I'd have liked to see him around for another one or two years, but I can understand that he don't want to bother with another team change and so on. He has had a good career - few wins though, but still, Het Volk, Züri Metzgete, Giro del Lazio, a Tour stage and several podiums in Paris Roubaix, and never anonymous, his races and wins stay in mind.

yep Bike now = surfboard or will be soon
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 07, 2013, 11:16
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cOYjS2SvX7Y/UcUMHbKcvXI/AAAAAAAAPqY/3qCuD1TVBgA/s1600/flecha_tour2013.jpg)
It's a shame we didn't get to see that magnificent victory salute more often, but every time we did, it was a special occasion, and one that will be remembered.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on October 07, 2013, 11:21
Gah. Too many of my favourites retiring! Flecha another guy I've always liked watching, regardless of team. His style and aggression are so much fun, and he was ever the underdog. I would like to see him as a DS some time in the future.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 07, 2013, 11:34
More Flecha:
(http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/photos/2004/aug04/zurich04/Reu_finish.jpg)
(http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/photos/2004/sep04/lazio/7.jpg)
(http://www.velowire.com/images/blog/2010_omloop_het_nieuwsblad_flecha.jpg)

The amount of podium placing he has, in almost any kind of races, is astonishing as well. And when Flecha raced, he raced, giving his best in every race - yesterday he finished 13th.
The peloton will be poorer without the likable, ever-aggressive Spaniard.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 09, 2013, 08:50
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on October 09, 2013, 11:40
Talabardon too

https://twitter.com/TalabardonY/status/387856711769673728
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 10, 2013, 08:36
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: pastronef on October 11, 2013, 09:08
José Been ‏@TourDeJose
Benjamin Noval, one of Contador’s loyal sergeant, retires.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: pastronef on October 11, 2013, 09:36
Niko Eeckhout retires today (I guess he's riding a kermesse in Belgium)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 11, 2013, 13:24
Saint David to retire end of 2014 season
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: KeithJamesMc on October 11, 2013, 13:30
Saint David to retire end of 2014 season
He said in a podcast with Michael Creed that he wanted to work post-2014 with developing juniors to get them to the WT level (if Vaughters had a job like that)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Francois the Postman on October 11, 2013, 13:32
Another Cyclists with Super hero names leaving
Captain America and another fan favorite The Arrow Juan Antonio Flecha who will retire after Beijing.

Paris Roubaix without Flecha will take some getting used to :(

I would happily have exchanged a great deal of Dutch Alpe victories for one Spanish PR for Flecha.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 11, 2013, 13:37
He said in a podcast with Michael Creed that he wanted to work post-2014 with developing juniors to get them to the WT level (if Vaughters had a job like that)

He owns some of the team should workout ok getting the gig   :)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 16, 2013, 18:28
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 17, 2013, 10:13
(http://www.radsport-aktiv.de/files/fotos/1381998919_1_gross.jpg)

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-Lululemon) ended her career.

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_84538.htm (http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_84538.htm)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 17, 2013, 10:24
Also retiring is team-mate Katie Colclough, who was part of the winning Specialized lululemon squad in the team time trial championship in Florence, Italy. She started racing on the track at fourteen years of age and despite being just 23 now, has decided to hang up her wheels.

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15652/Ina-Yoko-Teutenberg-announces-retirement-after-long-and-successful-career.aspx#ixzz2hyBIyUoF
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 23, 2013, 08:50
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 24, 2013, 12:44
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Post by: just some guy on October 24, 2013, 12:45
did you feel that

that was a generation change in cycling right there
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on October 24, 2013, 13:53
did you feel that

that was a generation change in cycling right there

No, Horner is still riding.

I am not sad to see the back of Kloeden. It always seemed like riding a bike was nothing more than a job for him, he had no visible passion for the sport. Whether that was his personal feeling or just how he ended up after being in the sport through the nineties, who knows.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: pastronef on October 24, 2013, 13:59
No, Horner is still riding.

I am not sad to see the back of Kloeden. It always seemed like riding a bike was nothing more than a job for him, he had no visible passion for the sport. Whether that was his personal feeling or just how he ended up after being in the sport through the nineties, who knows.

Horner and Voigt are still riding.

but the guys i've followed for many years are all gone. Menchov, Levi, Vino, Klier, Flecha, Stuey, McEwen, DZ, VdV, Kloedy, and next year Millar and maybe Jens will retire.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 24, 2013, 14:01
No, Horner is still riding.

I am not sad to see the back of Kloeden. It always seemed like riding a bike was nothing more than a job for him, he had no visible passion for the sport. Whether that was his personal feeling or just how he ended up after being in the sport through the nineties, who knows.

Horner is a different type though , he was in the US eating cheeseburgers when it was full blown
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Dim on October 24, 2013, 15:48
Ive still no idea what Kloden looks like.. apparently hes been "hiding"
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ansimi on October 24, 2013, 20:45
These retirements are really adding up. Next year's going to look pretty different. And there are so many riders without contracts who might still be forced out.

Flecha's the one I'll miss most. He still showed himself a lot this year.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 24, 2013, 20:54
(http://astanafans.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%B1%D0%B0%D0%BD%D1%87%D0%B8%D0%BA.jpeg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: killswitch on October 24, 2013, 23:26
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/59550_469966322462_344760_n.jpg)

Loved Klodi's style on the bike.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: The Hitch on October 25, 2013, 00:45
These retirements are really adding up. Next year's going to look pretty different. And there are so many riders without contracts who might still be forced out.

Flecha's the one I'll miss most. He still showed himself a lot this year.

The retirement of Freire, Vino and Moncoutie last year was the fall of the wall. Everything since then has just been after tremors.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 28, 2013, 08:55
http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_84628.htm

Bert Grabsch  he of the dinner plate chain ring retires,
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 29, 2013, 10:57
Tony Rohregger retires from radioshack

Will go back to study law and economics
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Arb on October 29, 2013, 11:04
His sponsor deserted him?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 29, 2013, 11:16
http://www.laola1.at/de/sport-mix/radsport/world-tour/thomas-rohregger-karriere-ende-danach-interview/page/68386-314-100-122-.html

google translated:

Quote
LAOLA1 : Mr. Egger tube , get off the bike and end her career . Why ?

Thomas Rohregger : I 'm more wondering about when it's time for the resignation . After this year's season where nothing has gone the way it should run , my decision is relatively easy. So I decided together with the team management that I will change me .

LAOLA1 : But you will still have had offers from other teams , right?

Rohregger : Yes , I had two contract deals are available, but they were not that I say : Wow, I have to do ! The cycling is experiencing hard times this year alone five teams have stopped . And I always knew that the day will come again . Although many colleagues, in particular the Schleck brothers, said : Keep going .

LAOLA1 : You have mentioned that there will be a change. What is this ?

Rohregger : I never wanted to end up with 38 and ask myself: What now ? The full focus is now studying . I also want part- integrate myself also the same in the private sector and there in the field of sports and incorporate my expertise . Immediately after the career is the career - and I am also the program a "second career " very grateful - top priority.

LAOLA1 : What remains of ten years as a professional cyclist at home and abroad?

Rohregger : I am very, very grateful for what I experience in cycling and all that I got to know people . In this way I would also like to thank all the fans immediately , with my family and friends for the great time. My step is absolutely nothing negative, but a positive change .

LAOLA1 : And to strike a sporting balance...?

Rohregger : highlight was of course the win of the Tour of Austria and the victory at the Kitzbühel Horn . But also generally the good results in my annual home tour. I am proud that I was able to complete all three major country tours. And I was part of the best teams in the world , was at the Olympics and World Championships ... Except for Paris - Roubaix there is really nothing that is missing on my agenda . Therefore, I go out of the saturated cycling .

LAOLA1 : But the bike is not now gathering dust in the basement , right?

Rohregger : Certainly not ! Sport is a way of life for me. But I 'm also looking forward to go rock climbing, play tennis again or go kayaking . All the things I could never do before because I was sport specific way. Now I can back me up wider .

LAOLA1 : There are rumors that you stay with the cycling continues . Can you reveal here something ?

Rohregger : Yes, I will assume a mentoring role with the team Tyrol . There I would like to pass on my experiences offspring . And perhaps also gives something in professional cycling , where there are certainly interesting possibilities.

LAOLA1 : So you do not have to worry that you will fall into a hole ?

Rohregger : This is the worst thing for an athlete , if you fall into a purely vacuum and noted that there is no one . Luckily I have good people around me, so there is no danger .

LAOLA1 : From the Team RadioShack -Nissan - Trek in 2014, the team trek. Where there goes the journey ?

Rohregger : It's a trend that cycling companies take over teams. Be it Trek , Cannondale or BMC. Because you have to look how that develops. The fact is that it is very, very difficult moment , there are incredibly good racers on the market. And then what happens , we know from the first hour of economics, supply and demand : the price goes down.

LAOLA1 : Are these the late effects of doping by Lance Armstrong quake ?

Rohregger : Definitely . Just for the boys , it is very difficult today . A Patrick Conrad , for example, is third in the Tour de l' Avenir . Did not even get a contract with a good team of professionals . Five , six years ago, he could not have chosen the best deal.

LAOLA1 : Its price driven , with good performances by top Riccardo Zoidl which is now its successor the successor of team RadioShack -Nissan - Trek?

Rohregger : Ricci had a tremendous season . He is a great environment to Trek before . Team Manager Luca Guercelina was my mentor in the last three years , has taken me under her arms. He has very much idea of cycling and is a specific to each athlete. Zoidl is a complete cyclist - when he goes on his way , is very much possible .

LAOLA1 : Many already dreaming of stage wins in one of the grand tours ?

Rohregger : You have to be careful ! Ricci comes from the amateur to the professional cycling top level . This is certainly a change , alone heard of the travel and race days . There one can see just how he coped with that. But I do think that he has what it takes to become established .

LAOLA1 : That's him , at least in this country have succeeded : For the athlete - election, he is among the top 5, along with CL- winner David Alaba or ski hero Marcel Hirscher .

Rohregger : Something is definitely something in the domestic cycling . Now we can only hope that the Tour of Austria comes back on a sound basis and not dying off . That would be very , very important. Then we are sure on a good path .

LAOLA1 : Perhaps we can indeed help a bit in saving the east Tour of economic law student Thomas Rohregger ?

Rohregger ( chuckling) : I 'm always a bit involved . And these are also the areas of activity , where I see myself later. The study is of course important, but if it is possible , I would of course also help with my network .

LAOLA1 : Thank you for the interview.

"Mr Egger Tube" is too good to edit that :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Arb on October 29, 2013, 12:06
That is great to see. Getting out at a good time whilst he's only 30 and has a plan for the future.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 29, 2013, 17:26
His sponsor deserted him?
My first thought as well. :D

But it seems he made a conscious decision to move forward to other endeavours when he wanted, not when cycling didn't want him anymore - good for him.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 30, 2013, 08:46
>Dauphiné stage winner David Veilleux (Europcar) announces retirement, off to study engineering

(http://i.imgur.com/czVHmX2.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/YhRAEA2.jpg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 30, 2013, 13:00
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 01, 2013, 16:23
CN has a few photos of 2013 retirements

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/gallery-riders-who-retired-in-2013 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/gallery-riders-who-retired-in-2013)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 01, 2013, 16:30
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2010/08/18/2/san_francisco_grand_prix_09_04_2005_pic040_220.jpg)

I love this Creed story

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/michael-creed-why-i-never-doped-and-my-future-in-the-sport (http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/michael-creed-why-i-never-doped-and-my-future-in-the-sport)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 01, 2013, 17:07
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2010/08/18/2/san_francisco_grand_prix_09_04_2005_pic040_220.jpg)

I love this Creed story
Me too. What I wouldn't give to have been on Fillmore Street that day.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 02, 2013, 06:23
it was announced a couple of days ago already, but I think we missed that: Gabriel Rasch will retire after next year's cobbled classics and become DS at Team Sky.

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15747/Rasch-to-retire-after-2014-Classics-campaign-will-become-Sky-directeur-sportif-then.aspx
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 09, 2013, 06:32
Gallery: 25 years of Landbouwkrediet (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gallery-25-years-of-landbouwkrediet)

words by Jono as well
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 13, 2013, 06:44
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 16, 2013, 16:05
François Parisien says goodbye:
http://pedalmag.com/francois-parisien-announces-his-retirement/ (http://pedalmag.com/francois-parisien-announces-his-retirement/)

I didn't realize he was 31 already, he came into the pro ranks relatively late.
2007 with Slipstream, then 5 years with Spidertech (and its predecessors), and finally one year at Argos.
He had some very decent results over the years, especially in 2012 with the win in Elk Grove and a 4th place in Tre Valli Varesine. And this year he won a stage in Catalunya.
I imagine he could have done much more with his talent if given the chance, but nonetheless he can look back on a varied career that I've followed with interest.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ansimi on November 18, 2013, 10:51
I'm really glad Parisien is planning to stay involved in cycling in Canada. He's been very outspoken about some of the opportunities that cheaters stole from him during his racing career but I like to think his path gives him more options in retirement.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 18, 2013, 16:28
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 18, 2013, 21:03
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: froome19 on November 18, 2013, 21:58
Posts on this thread:

March 26 2012 – January 03 2013 = 51 posts
January 04 2013 – November 18 2013 = 114

 :(

And there are many more still to come this winter I am afraid. Including some high profile ones such as Pappi Horner and Samu who are on the verge..
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: esafosfina on November 20, 2013, 19:21
Bad stats...  :(

Lets's get a Velorooms 'sponsored' squad happening... something akin to 'Zero-Boys'!  :cool
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 21, 2013, 19:54
two more for team Velorooms, Koen Barbé and Staf Scheirlinckx
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 23, 2013, 07:25
Vogondy hangs after 17 seasons: "I do not regret anything"

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67457 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67457)

Quote
Nicolas Vogondy (1977) has decided to end a sporting career of 17 seasons, the last in the Belgian Accent Jobs, which was three times champion of France. "I think the time has come to move on," assumes, although French cyclist wants to stay tied to cycling to "share their passion for the sport."

Vogondy not continue in Wanty which takes over at Accent Jobs: "I found out last week, confirmed the website of the French Federation, 'I had not heard from them for some time. Messages were left unanswered and, over time, experience, you know what that means. And the answer came last Friday. I had a good time with them. "

In his 17 seasons, Vogondy accumulated 24 victories, all in France, among which highlight three national championships, two en route, in 2002 and 2008, and one trial in 2010 and one stage of the Dauphiné that year. His decision is firm: "hang". "It's the end of November, it's late, all the teams are nearly complete. It's been seventeen years in the pros and I've had good times. I do not regret anything. Now my phone is open and if a team calls I like to see what they offer, but I have no illusions either. I think it's time to move on, to end my career as a professional cyclist has come. And I do it without any remorse. "

However, Nene has no intention of straying too far from the world of cycling, but do not know what their new path. "I'm going to take some time and think about what I can and want to do, based on my previous experience in the professional world. I would follow in cycling bike I see on the other side of the fence, and to bring my experience with others and share my passion for the sport. "

Vogondy always ran in France, Française des Jeux (1997-2004), Credit Agricole (2005-2006), Agritubel (2007-2009), Bouygues (2010) and Cofidis (2011-2012), except the last, Accent Jobs (2013 ).

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Tuart on November 27, 2013, 04:29
Baden Cooke hangs up his boots.

Bye bye Monaco :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 27, 2013, 06:17

quiet a bit on the young cooke in here if I remember

Aussie onslaught 25 years of Le Tour
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 27, 2013, 06:18
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 27, 2013, 10:43
Danish Continental rider Thomas Wraae Madsen is retiring.
He'll still compete in some races, but will focus on his education and family from now on:

http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/dansk_kontinentalrytter_stopper_karrieren (http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/dansk_kontinentalrytter_stopper_karrieren)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 27, 2013, 20:30
Another guy whose career I've followed from afar takes his leave: Benji Greenwood.
*gb U23 champion, 1 year riding in Italy, several seasons on British Conti teams - and he went out on a high with a good Tour of Britain.
Now he has new challenges as a cycling coach in Scotland.

http://www.rouleur.cc/journal/racing/time-to-walk (http://www.rouleur.cc/journal/racing/time-to-walk)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 30, 2013, 16:36
Joost van Leijen (NED / Lotto) retires. He was a pro from 2010 to 2013
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 03, 2013, 04:52
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15934/Timmy-Duggan-announces-retirement-excited-to-move-onto-next-phase.aspx

Poor Havy a hero retires

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Havetts on December 03, 2013, 06:26
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :(.

No more hero performances during Tour of Cali. Heartbreak :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on December 03, 2013, 06:54
:hug havy
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on December 03, 2013, 07:42
Sad to see Timmy go, but from the article, it seems like it's the right decision for him.

But honestly, this off-season has seen more retirements than I can remember from any other year. No big surprise with all the teams folding, but it drives home the state that cycling is in at the moment.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 05, 2013, 17:26
Euskaltel rider André Schulze retires and becomes DS at Team Netapp Endura

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_85071.htm
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on December 06, 2013, 07:44
Euskaltel rider André Schulze retires and becomes DS at Team Netapp Endura

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_85071.htm
Old news, has been posted on VR a month ago: :P
http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=4320.msg130762#msg130762 (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=4320.msg130762#msg130762)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 06, 2013, 08:24
yes, in the wrong thread, that's why I posted it again  :P
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 07, 2013, 08:03
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 17, 2013, 07:41
Wouter Mol retires


http://www.rtvnh.nl/sport/129641/Wouter+Mol+stopt+met+wielrennen

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 17, 2013, 11:42
47 retirements from WT and pro conti riders this year

http://caferoubaix.com/2013/11/14/rutierii-retrasi-in-2013/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 28, 2013, 16:38
EE retirement

Egoi Martinez official

http://biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=68211
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on January 07, 2014, 07:13
http://www.ciclismointernacional.com/vaitkus-se-retira-y-podria-cambiar-de-deporte-hice-lo-que-pude-para-seguir/

Vaitkus not happy with orge, retires and is going car racing
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on January 07, 2014, 10:49
Certainly didn't see that coming! :o
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on January 16, 2014, 06:35
Will Walker retires from pro cycling, effective immediately. His tachycardia was responsible for withdrawing from the Aus nats

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/01/i-though-i-was-going-to-die-will-walker-retires-from-pro-cycling/

A sad end to what was once a very promising career, with a national champs win at 19y.o!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on January 16, 2014, 06:45
some more details in his column in RIDE from 2010

http://www.ridemedia.com.au/ride-features/flashback-will-walkers-heart-condition/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on January 18, 2014, 10:36
I can't say that I've ever heard of the guy, and it may well be that he would never have forced himself into the attention of anyone other than those who scour the peloton placings in minor results, but at the age of 23 Lewis Rigaux should still able to dream of what might lie ahead rather than having had to retire through health problems.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 10, 2014, 23:15
#lotto Olivier Kaisen has been diagnosed with cardiac problems, forcing him to retire from pro cycling.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 14, 2014, 06:48
Alby steps away offically offical

(http://media.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/upload_media/6551_davis-500-getty.jpg)

Out-of-contract Davis retires from cycling (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/road/news/52970/out-of-contract-davis-retires-from-cycling)

Allan Davis says goodbye: "I have to move on" (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=69282)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on February 14, 2014, 11:51
Alby steps away offically offical

(http://media.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/upload_media/6551_davis-500-getty.jpg)

Out-of-contract Davis retires from cycling (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/road/news/52970/out-of-contract-davis-retires-from-cycling)

Allan Davis says goodbye: "I have to move on" (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=69282)

He did well to stay in the game this long. If #greenedge hadn't happened, I think he would have been out of the European scene earlier.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 14, 2014, 11:57
One of the not-straightforward careers.
Started at Mapei, then went to ONCE/Liberty Seguros/Astana MkI. After 2006, he was a bit of a journeyman, never staying at the same team for more than two seasons.
I don't know the exact reasons for that (official or unofficial), but it gives a picture of someone who (for whatever reasons) didn't fit in anywhere.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on February 14, 2014, 15:15
Coulda retired four years ago and had just as many wins. I won't miss him.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 17, 2014, 14:13
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/16304/Walker-undergoes-heart-operation-retires-Philip-Lavery-to-take-his-place-on-Synergy-Baku-team.aspx
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 18, 2014, 07:20
man this is sh*t , but maybe we will see his pen putting the power down

Good Luck Jono I know we will see more of you I know  :lol

https://twitter.com/Jono_L/status/435663293676400641
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on February 18, 2014, 08:43
Sad to read that but already it's obvious that your blog post has the right attitude.  :cool

Here at VR we have seen you evolve into a cycling writer, as JSG says, and retirement from racing was always going to happen someday, so this is it. You just get a bit of a headstart on your peers!  :)

Good luck, Jono, and be sure not to overcool that Delirium Tremens. It should be 7-9 degrees celsius when you drink it.  :cool
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jono L. on February 18, 2014, 11:58
Good luck, Jono, and be sure not to overcool that Delirium Tremens. It should be 7-9 degrees celsius when you drink it.  :cool
Oh yeah, got to let it warm up a bit hey :D

Thanks for the well wishes.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jono L. on February 18, 2014, 12:00
Good Luck Jono I know we will see more of you I know  :lol
Ha!

Once I sort out something full-time, you'll probably see less of me I reckon.

But I'll always be lurking. When it comes to obscure race results, this is the hub.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on February 18, 2014, 12:02
Oh yeah, got to let it warm up a bit hey :D

Thanks for the well wishes.

I'd offer the same advice for the Young's Double Chocolate Stout - if it's too cold, you can't taste the chocolate.  :cool

And I'd echo others' sentiments - you've clearly got a talent for cycling writing. Just don't forget us little guys when you make it to the big leagues  ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: AG on February 18, 2014, 12:07
Best wishes for your retirement and new career Jono.

You are a talented guy and will do fantastically in this new phase ... and we will all be here to watch and laugh when you make mistakes :lol   
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Tuart on February 18, 2014, 13:08
All the best Jono, enjoyed your postings since way back in CN. Good times and you're absolutely right to get your knees fixed first.

Post Merge: February 18, 2014, 13:10
And if this means writing then CC better watch their backs! Should be a good '14 :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Ram on February 18, 2014, 13:20
The resident ex-pro doesn't get his own thread?

Contador never achieved a podium at the Tour of Borneo. Just you all remember that.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jono L. on February 18, 2014, 21:43
The resident ex-pro doesn't get his own thread?

Contador never achieved a podium at the Tour of Borneo. Just you all remember that.
:D

I regret never writing a blog post about that day out front at borneo when it was 45 bazillion degrees.

Maybe I will.

And we can continue to argue strongly about the Iranians :lol :-x

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jono L. on February 18, 2014, 21:44
I'd offer the same advice for the Young's Double Chocolate Stout - if it's too cold, you can't taste the chocolate.  :cool
No arguments from me. Although I am a bit unconventional. I like to start em rather cold, straight out of the fridge, but let them warm slowly and you drink them. Fascinating to see just how much the flavours change. MM beer.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jono L. on February 18, 2014, 21:47
All the best Jono, enjoyed your postings since way back in CN. Good times and you're absolutely right to get your knees fixed first.

Post Merge: February 18, 2014, 13:10
And if this means writing then CC better watch their backs! Should be a good '14 :D
Thanks.

Will be plenty of writing, just got to sort somewhere out :angel
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 19, 2014, 06:25
Thanks.

Will be plenty of writing, just got to sort somewhere out :angel

becareful of the darkside  ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Ram on February 19, 2014, 11:42
And we can continue to argue strongly about the Iranians :lol :-x
count on it
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 20, 2014, 08:19
Craig Lewis retires after Lampre deal falls through (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/craig-lewis-retires-after-lampre-deal-falls-through)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 20, 2014, 20:22
Good luck for the future Jono.
You're a terrific writer, and I'm sure that will get you places. :cool

I hope your knee will eventually get to the point that you can get on a bike again, just to enjoy that unparallelled feeling.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on May 09, 2014, 13:25
John-Lee Augustyn enters retirement 2.0:
https://twitter.com/TeamMTNQhubeka/status/464732477920395264

Ultimately he couldn't combine a pro cyclist's schedule with his health problems. But great that he gave it another try.
Best wishes for the future.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 12, 2014, 20:33
https://twitter.com/PelotonWatch/status/465933545014190080

sad really always the nearly man, strong got a bit shafted when he left Bjarne for pegasus never really made it back
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 16, 2014, 12:25
https://twitter.com/TourDeJose/status/467262639446716416
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on May 16, 2014, 13:18
:(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Zam on May 16, 2014, 15:33
Veloropa ‏@veloropa  1h
Katusha communications manager @philmaertens denies @lequipe's story about Angel Vicioso retiring after #giro crash. http://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/26887/katusha-angel-vicioso-s-carriere-is-nog-niet-over.html …


long after doatec predicted in him becoming a "el padre"....his retirement issue keeps rocking on
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on June 01, 2014, 11:08
Danilo Hondo will retire at the end of the season

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_87743.htm
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 01, 2014, 11:51
Hondo and Jens last of that *de generation.

Some what sad really ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on June 01, 2014, 14:35
Danilo Hondo will retire at the end of the season

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_87743.htm

Never recovered from his (pretty unfair) brush with the Dark Side. :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on June 19, 2014, 21:23
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=72675

Muravyev leaving Astana to become the CEO of the Kazakh Cycling Federation.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on June 19, 2014, 21:41
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=72675

Muravyev leaving Astana to become the CEO of the Kazakh Cycling Federation.
Also, Assan Bazayev will become technical director (I guess that means national team coach/manager) of Kazakhstan.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on June 20, 2014, 09:21
Fredrik Kessiakoff thinks about ending his career

generally a very honest interview on Eurosport.se

http://www.eurosport.se/cykel/tour-de-france/2013/problematisk-tour-uppladdning-for-kessiakoff-far-jag-inte-resultaten-okar-jag-inte-fortsatta_sto4286181/story.shtml

Quote
(gt]"I have read the interview with Thomas [Löfkvist] in Cycling News the other day and I directly called him and said that I feel similar. I have not had such a good relationship with him that I know exactly what his symptoms have been or what he has gone through, but it has felt similar in a feeling that there is something that just feels wrong. It feels tough.

I have not had that last. I can come up to a certain level, 75 percent of my capacity. But I am going up to 85, 90 - then rips the body as well, and would not budge. I know how it should feel and I can not push myself harder than I do in that situation, it works and does not. So then I feel that there is something that limits me more than that I have not exercised or so. I think I've done everything right and still has not been enough.

I feel that my preparation here [for the Tour de Suisse] has been very good, but I have not the energy required to run 100 percent. It is as uncertain now as it was then. Even then, my feeling about Switzerland around were very insecure, as they are now. I do not think about it, to be honest. I do not think that I can make a good result here. Maybe I can be top 40 in the time trial, that's what I'm thinking if I have an okay day.

[The situation] can change from day to day so I do not want to say anything that goes wrong, but right now I do not have the feeling that I should do the Tour de France, because I feel that I can not do what is expected of me to help riders. Right now I feel that I do not want the press or set up on the Tour with the uncertainty of that I can not present one hundred percent of myself.

Well, to be honest, I'm probably pretty stress-sensitive. There's probably a lot in there. When it feels a bit heavy - I had a crash in which above all - so it was a bit heavy, and so became the team stressed that I was not going so fast and so I was stressed out because I had not rode fast and it did not help me either, but it becomes the opposite effect for me, I stress even more and so I dig me down deeper and deeper.

It's hard to get out of a hole in the season. One is forced to stick it out and work out every day, you have to stick to the race, it is forced to come to the race and everyone asks, "Hey, what's up?" "Come sta?", And what should you reply when you know you probably will dropped on the first hill? You feel okay when you stand there and talk, but you know that tomorrow you should be able to do your job and what the expectations are - and when you can not live up to it so it becomes tough. It is this negative spiral that you are constantly fighting against.

[As a cyclist]You are away from family and girlfriend and friends and everything. And if you do not get this little confirmation that you are strong, you get some results or running away from a teammate or you hang with a teammate who is strong - small, small rewards - that's what makes it worth it.

When I was younger so it was fun to get a new bike every year and new professional clothing, but they are over there when you have stayed at so far, so I do not get those rewards, it's not worth doing this job . But while I'll be honest and admit that I still have many dreams left in cycling, in my career. I still have many dreams fulfilled in terms of results and experiences, and so on. So I am not happy that way. But I do not get these rewards and results drinker so I will not be able to continue

I'm aiming to try and take it easy, relax, and so sooner or later so it caters. I also try to lower my own expectations. Maybe ignore what the team think. I try to be honest with the team and say that it does not feel good. And with that, I hope that sooner or later I start to run better. For it was the same thing two years ago in Switzerland, that it felt good and then I hit on the pace there.

So just relax and it will turn when it turns. That's about all I've learned. I have always had heavy spring and suddenly it turned and I do not know what I've done but I've just relaxed or whatever it may be, and then suddenly it has gone better. Then that's what I go and wait for your little gaudy."
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on June 20, 2014, 10:18
Wow, that's pretty honest stuff from Kessiakoff there. You have to give the guy credit for musing about his situation in a very public sort of way. Gives a strong impression of the stress riders go through (from the team and themselves) to perform.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Slow Rider on June 20, 2014, 12:48
Very good interview, I do feel bad for the guy. Reminds us how easy it is to criticise these riders who 'underperform', while it really is incredibly hard work to reach your potential. I know I would never be able to put up with it, even if I would have had the talent.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 21, 2014, 06:48
Watching those on board camera video I have posted shows how crazy the peloton is when it is on.

add the climbing must be a nightmare when your are nit 100%.

Andy probably fit into this same "type" as well

sounds like a type of stress syndrome physical and mental.

great these 2 swedes being open about it
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Tuart on June 21, 2014, 12:42
Well of course, cycling is an extreme sport even when it's a relatively easy stage and these athletes go into the more extreme levels of fitness that just aren't healthy. Then they get a cold and pow, that could be their season.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on June 27, 2014, 08:24
Hushovd likely to retire, press conference at 11 today

http://www.tv2.no/a/5751216
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on June 27, 2014, 08:26
Hushovd likely to retire, press conference at 11 today

http://www.tv2.no/a/5751216

Good move and worthy of respect.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 27, 2014, 08:29
Sad really have been wanting Thor to win the one race he wanted P-R since CA days

great career with one cobble missing
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 27, 2014, 10:25
watched the Thor interview

Had Mono from 2012 P-N

really proud of career

said he over trained to get better, took risks he would not normally take etc it all took a real toll on his last 2 years

Thanked the fans and especially the family

got emotional when talking about his dad.

questions now

He will rest over summer and then plans to come back after summer " win a big race " ride the WC RR and then he will retire, not sure what his plans are after.



Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 27, 2014, 19:08
Thor´s message in the BMC website

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Norwegian national road champion Thor Hushovd of the BMC Racing Team announced his planned retirement from professional cycling on Friday. Here is his message to fans:
"This is a big relief for me because this mononucleosis is something that has been going on for months. I did not want to stop, but because I love the sport and love to compete and because of the problem I have, I just cannot do it anymore. On my bad days, I am suffering quite a bit. On the other side, I have a bad feeling about it in my gut because I am ending in a way that I didn't want it to end. If I was to write the last perfect chapter, it would not end like this. But there are some things in life you cannot control and I just have to accept that.

"My plan now is to finish the season well. I think the world champion is a great race to stop and also because I won the world championships, it is a race that I admire. So I would like to stop my season there. But it's up to the team, and not up to me, to decide when my season ends.

"In my time with the BMC Racing Team, I met a lot of great people and always had enjoyed great support during a difficult time for me and the team. They invested a lot in me to win races and I never gave them this back. But I always had great support from Andy Rihs and Jim Ochowicz and the rest of the team and the staff. So I really appreciated this."

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 27, 2014, 21:06
One more thing Thor´s book out in October  :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 03, 2014, 16:54
https://twitter.com/louderjeff/status/495759719173079040

Last season for Jeff Louder.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on August 06, 2014, 13:41
#drapac Tom Palmer retires from professional cyclist with immediate effect. After a couple of health setbacks he prefers to focus on finishing his studies

http://www.drapaccycling.com/palmer-steps-away-cycling-now/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 13, 2014, 07:31
Frederik Willems (Lotto-Belisol) has announced that he will retire at the end of this season. The 34-year-old crashed heavily while training earlier this month and is to undergo surgery on his broken collarbone and will have a MRI scan of his right knee. As a result, Willems is unsure whether he will recover in time for a farewell race

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/willems-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-season (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/willems-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-season)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: 42x16ss on August 13, 2014, 09:20
#drapac Tom Palmer retires from professional cyclist with immediate effect. After a couple of health setbacks he prefers to focus on finishing his studies

http://www.drapaccycling.com/palmer-steps-away-cycling-now/

That was a real shame, Palmer looked the goods at an U23 level apart from a sub standard L'Avenir but wasn't able to progress. Hasn't been the same the last few years, was hoping he'd be able to ride it out.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 15, 2014, 09:04
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=74251

Adios JJ.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 23, 2014, 06:24
Ben Day to retire

not the most wel known rider but been through the loop for years

(http://cdn0.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net/2014/08/08/2/14toustge4025_220.jpg)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ben-day-to-retire-after-usa-pro-challenge (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ben-day-to-retire-after-usa-pro-challenge)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 26, 2014, 09:03
https://twitter.com/matthewlcooke/status/504026508185600002
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on August 26, 2014, 11:02
https://twitter.com/veloropa/status/504206577885528064
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 26, 2014, 11:03
https://twitter.com/veloropa/status/504206577885528064
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 28, 2014, 07:40
Another Ben Day article

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/08/celebrating-the-uncelebrated-the-career-of-ben-day/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 28, 2014, 15:19
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/lofkvist-announces-retirement-from-professional-cycling
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on August 28, 2014, 15:28
Wow. Did not expect that :o
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on August 28, 2014, 16:15
Bye bye Gotland. :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Gotland on August 28, 2014, 20:58
Damnit everyone is so fast  :lol  According to this interview by Malena Johansson the decision has matured during the summer, but he has been thinking about quitting for a long time. "Better to to quit when you are at the top rather to turn in to a bitter spare part in the peloton."


Gotland does not plan to leave the cycling world entirely and he is planning to stay and be involved in develop new talents into the sport.


I guess no more anxienty and no Gotland in yellow or rosa next year  :we all gonna die:


http://www.eurosport.se/cykel/lofkvist-planerar-fortsatta-inom-sporten-kan-bli-en-stor-tomhet-annars_sto4377999/story.shtml
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: froome19 on August 29, 2014, 11:22
I can't recall who, why and where..
But a Swedish poster on here who obviously knows the situation pretty well declared on here that if Lofkvist doesn't turn his career around this year he would hang up his bike. So take a bow whoever that was.. ?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Gotland on September 03, 2014, 19:46
I can't recall who, why and where..
But a Swedish poster on here who obviously knows the situation pretty well declared on here that if Lofkvist doesn't turn his career around this year he would hang up his bike. So take a bow whoever that was.. ?

Just for the record it wasn't me. But on the other hand I am at a certain age where one does forget things.

Ps. It is Löfkvist and  I really miss those two dots over the o. It makes me feel Scandinavian Ds. ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 04, 2014, 08:39
Ps. It is Löfkvist and  I really miss those two dots over the o. It makes me feel Scandinavian Ds. ;)
Hear, hear!
Every time I see Michael Mørkøv spelled as Morkov it makes my toes curl.
Yes, *dk Saxo-Tinkoff has become *ru Tinkoff-Saxo now, but surely the riders are allowed to keep their nationality?
On the other hand, with Oleg you never know ... :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 05, 2014, 09:30
Frédéric Amorison will retire at the end of the season and become DS at #wallonie

http://www.lavenir.net/sports/cnt/dmf20140903_00522858
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: DB-Coop on September 06, 2014, 08:49
Hear, hear!
Every time I see Michael Mørkøv spelled as Morkov it makes my toes curl.

Seeing it spelled "Morkov" so many times actually had me confused in the end, I knew there was at least one "Ø" in there, but was not sure that there was two, so for some time he was "Mørkov" to me, although that name is a lot better imo as well, nicer pronunciation than what his name actually is at least.

Yes, *dk Saxo-Tinkoff has become *ru Tinkoff-Saxo now, but surely the riders are allowed to keep their nationality?
On the other hand, with Oleg you never know ... :D

Guess we can always do the same in reverse then if that is the case?
Åndy Schløk to #cult  :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 06, 2014, 09:04
there is no ø on my keyboard as far as I can see, Mörköff I can offer you
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: DB-Coop on September 06, 2014, 09:12
there is no ø on my keyboard as far as I can see, Mörköff I can offer you

Bad keyboard, I mean a keyboard without an ø is like a human without an appendix.

I think the double f's just made it even more Russian.

I suppose the right way to write it (baring copy pasting a letter) would be Moerkoev as generally the right way of writing the special letters on an English keyboard would be å=aa ø=oe and æ=ae

Not sure for capitalized letters though apart from Å=Aa but I think that would be the general rule then with just one cap even though Ae looks strange compared to AE
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 08, 2014, 11:27
https://twitter.com/SSbike/status/508922184572878848
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 11, 2014, 15:32
Looks likes one of  legends of OZ cycling and one of the Greats (not legend ) of cycling looks like it might be the end.

he will ride the TDU and hks own race next year if he does retire

Odd dude but pretty amazing career, with the WC road race and TDF the standouts of course

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/amid-retirement-rumors-evans-reveal-future-next-week_345106
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 15, 2014, 16:42
looks like its official now

https://twitter.com/cirogazzetta/status/511539493539962880
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on September 16, 2014, 00:32
The right time for him to step away I think.

I will miss Cadel, he's been fantastic to watch for the past decade. I liked him back when he had a bit of a reputation for wheel-sucking and I liked him even more after he tapped some hidden reserve of aggression late in his career to great effect.

He hasn't exactly racked up the wins over the years, but he's had some very memorable ones. Of course his gutsy ride to take the World Championship in Mendrisio was great to watch, and was the debut of the attacking style that was to become his hallmark for the next few years. I loved seeing him win the Fleche Wallonne the next year, he has always ridden the Mur beautifully. Obviously his Tour de France win stands out, but I also fondly remember his tenacious battle with Carlos Sastre in 2008 while riding with injuries and the constant threat of his dog being stepped on.

If forced to pick one, though, I would have to choose that stage from the 2010 Giro d'Italia. The image of the rainbow jersey covered in mud taking the victory at the end of a stage where we saw his tactical nouse, his superb bike handling, and his courage to not only drive the winning move clear of the peloton but take on the sprint from the front to win. Beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkjSLKuqmmg#t=1102
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on September 16, 2014, 06:30
Evans was hard to like for much of his career but, as Jam points out, that pivotal race for the rainbow jersey in Mendrisio seemed to transform him from a cautious stresshead into a rather more self-assured risk taker who improved in front of the camera as well as on the bike.

Thus it hardly seemed to matter that his decline as a top contender had begun quite quickly in the last couple of seasons. For this was a rider out of whom we can say we have seen the best he could offer and whose palmarès is as impressive as it is selective.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 16, 2014, 08:05
Some of my best memories of Evans will be of him hanging on during the LA years and just exploding  :D

But there is an Italian word which would describe him

Grinta

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 16, 2014, 11:42
BMC lose another to retirement

https://twitter.com/tuttobiciweb_it/status/511824631779844096

going win making with the old man
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 18, 2014, 11:10
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycling/farewell-david-millar-the-last-of-the-pioneers-9734660.html Saint David, last of the pioneers my ass, but cj will love it  :D

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on September 18, 2014, 13:53
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycling/farewell-david-millar-the-last-of-the-pioneers-9734660.html Saint David, last of the pioneers my ass, but cj will love it  :D

Brailsford is either arrogant or ignorant or both if he thinks that Sky is the only pool for British talent nowadays. There are still plenty of young Brits blazing their own trails to the bigs.

The article typically eulogises Millar but for my own part, I think Millar grew to be more seductive off the bike and that is why journos still fawn over him. Even the French press loves him whereas, Wiggins aside, Froome remains unpalatable and Cavendish unapproachable.

I do not know if that accessibility started out as a coping strategy for the more modest results but he certainly grew into this suave, loquacious persona as if it was a fancy new suit.

For the same reason, it is hard to believe that he will disappear completely from the sport, even if it is equally hard to imagine how he would fit into it after retirement. Millar may be a family man nowadays but he also has a brand profile and I think that he will be attracted to the idea of maintaining that somehow.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on September 18, 2014, 15:44
Evans was hard to like for much of his career but, as Jam points out, that pivotal race for the rainbow jersey in Mendrisio seemed to transform him from a cautious stresshead into a rather more self-assured risk taker who improved in front of the camera as well as on the bike.

Thus it hardly seemed to matter that his decline as a top contender had begun quite quickly in the last couple of seasons. For this was a rider out of whom we can say we have seen the best he could offer and whose palmarès is as impressive as it is selective.

Indeed.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 21, 2014, 06:27
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gallery-thor-hushovds-career-in-photos (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gallery-thor-hushovds-career-in-photos)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 22, 2014, 08:36
a farewell interview with Danilo Hondo (in German):

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_89803.htm
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 22, 2014, 12:28
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/when-hushovd-was-young
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 23, 2014, 22:53
Oskar VO2 -> back to school

http://www.dagbladet.no/2014/09/18/sport/sykkel/procycling/procyclingno/35331746/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on September 24, 2014, 11:24
Andre Steensen stops at age 27. I remember very well the moment he turned pro. 3rd in the Tour of the Future  :P behind Mollema & index 7 Martin. Winner of the 2005 Junior World Cup.

http://www.velo-club.net/route/continentales/continentales-news/101107-retraite-steensen-s-arrete-a-27-ans

What went wrong with him? :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 25, 2014, 17:45
Offically Offical

Evans to retire Feb 1st 2015, after riding the Cadel Classic
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 25, 2014, 18:41
http://cycling.org.au/Home/artmid/13516/articleid/11836/CA-reflects-on-Cadel-Evans-retirement-announcement  Cycling Australia press release
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ciranda on September 25, 2014, 23:38
Andre Steensen stops at age 27. I remember very well the moment he turned pro. 3rd in the Tour of the Future  :P behind Mollema & index 7 Martin. Winner of the 2005 Junior World Cup.

http://www.velo-club.net/route/continentales/continentales-news/101107-retraite-steensen-s-arrete-a-27-ans

What went wrong with him? :(

Lots of injury problems in the first two seasons. When they were solved he got to a good level and was pretty good in some races. He got an eighth place in one Giro del Piemonte from a super selective break with Nibali, Uran, van Avermaet and some others. Then Saxo dropped him for no reason and instead signed lots of riders that sucked. The following year he went hard in the French stage races for Cult, won a number of races including Kreizh Breizh in Bretagne, and reached a verbal agreement with a WT-team, who then chose not to uphold the deal after all. I don't know what team it was and would still very much like to know. Then some more injuries and not a lot of races in the last two seasons. He's been really unlucky with teams in addition to the injuries, though, imo.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 28, 2014, 16:49
https://twitter.com/TeamWantyGobert/status/516151495486869504
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 30, 2014, 09:01
https://twitter.com/LaurentMangel/status/516676116896317440
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 07, 2014, 16:43
Andy and #trek have called a presser on Thursday

makes sense retirement
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 08, 2014, 11:40
from the David Millar interview in the new CycleSport:

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Millar's return to racing after his Tour break was the Eneco Tour: a week of dodging traffic bollards, jumping pavements and trying not to crash. 'Trying not to crash' is clearly the prerogative of every pro bike rider. But for Millar, in his final season, the importance of not ending up in a heap in a gutter in Belgium or Holland was even more acute.

At the Eneco Tour, the opening stage was held on the damp roads of Holland, cluttered with bike paths and bollards --- that was surely not something he would ever miss. If ever there was a race that made him convinced of his decision to stop, it was that. "I think every pro in the race on that stage was thinking, 'what the hell is this about?'" chuckled Millar, "every single one of us. But then that's just Eneco, it's always been like that."

"Although the Trois Jours of De Panne is even worse, it's like...f****** Armageddon because everyone is revved up for the Classics. It's the race every single pro fears the most, because it's just psycho, there are loads of crashes and the weather is bad. But Eneco this year was one of those times where I said to myself 'well, I'm glad I don't have to do this again.'"

 :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 10, 2014, 05:16
http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/10/andy-schleck-confirms-retirement-from-cycling-due-to-knee-problems/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 10, 2014, 12:28
More Saint David

“It veered massively for me when Team Sky came in and Brad won the Tour – that was the tipping point. It had been building for years and years before that, with an underlying sense that cycling was coming back – it’s easy to forget that [Britain] is where it all started, it’s in our blood. The sport had been growing through the Armstrong era, with its Anglicisation, the Nike adverts, everyone falling in love with Lance – all of a sudden it was a perfect storm: London Olympics, Brad winning. When I started, I had to explain that I did this for a living and that I didn’t have another job. Now, all of a sudden, I can say I’m a professional cyclist and people want to know which team I ride for. That’s a big difference in a short space of time.”

Millar sounds a little nostalgic for the lost days when he first fell in love with cycling. “The irony is I no longer fit in. The team has become an identity for a rider; before, a rider would transcend the team. It’s become robotic. I liked the dysfunctionality, the cult-ness, the randomness. Obviously that led to the criminal aspect, the corruption, the madness, but I didn’t know that when I fell in love with it.”

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/oct/10/david-millar-cycling
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 12, 2014, 21:43
#netappendura Blaž Jarc will retire at the end of the season and become a farmer. He says pro cycling is no joy for him anymore
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 12, 2014, 22:10
Ignazio Moser goes into the family wine business, Blaž Jarc takes up farming ...
Is there a World Agriculture Cycling Championship? :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on October 15, 2014, 07:34
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=75825

Koldo :wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 21, 2014, 10:12
#stolting Luke Roberts will retire after the Bremen Sixdays in January and become a DS with #cult Cult Energy Pro Cycling

http://www.velouk.net/2014/10/21/team-news-new-ds-cult/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 21, 2014, 11:20
I wonder why it went so wrong for Roberts, great dom, could get his own results,  olympics gold, just never quite took that bigger win on the Road, will make a goid ds I think
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 24, 2014, 07:20
KK offically hangs up the bike

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/karsten-kroon-retires-impressive-career-spanning-three-decades_350289
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 28, 2014, 17:53
https://twitter.com/lukascph/status/527155996540821504
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 29, 2014, 13:50
Hangs up the Bike

https://twitter.com/SEGcycling/status/527454992182284288
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: froome19 on October 30, 2014, 14:55
 Jo Kogstad Ringheim Retires (http://cyclingquotes.com/news/norwegian_sprinter_ends_his_career/)

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A few days ago, Team Joker announced the squad for 2015 and one of missing riders was sprinter Jo Kogstad Ringheim. The reason has now been revealed: the 23-year-old Norwegian has announced his retirement to concentrate on his studies in industrial economics at the University of Trondheim.
 
"This year I had great ambitions, but things did not go as I had hoped," he explained to procycling.no. "This is why I decided to focus on my studies."
 
The former Team Joker rider only blames himself for the below-par season.
 
"I got on very well with the team which allowed me to have every opportunity to do well and it was just my fault that the results were not good. Now I realize that the chances of getting a contract with a top level team are close to zero."

:wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on October 30, 2014, 16:36
Hangs up the Bike

https://twitter.com/SEGcycling/status/527454992182284288

Maaskant is one of those guys you think did better than he actually really did. Even so, his results were already in decline by the time he had that severe crash in 2011.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on November 01, 2014, 09:50
Willem Wauters (BE) retires at 25. Came up through Lotto's U23 team and joined Vacansoleil in 2013. Out of contract after that team folded, he rode for Verandas Willems this season but decided to call it quits.

http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20141031_01352573 (NL)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 05, 2014, 07:04
https://twitter.com/DrapacCycling/status/529891459965526016
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 05, 2014, 08:59
https://twitter.com/TourDeJose/status/529920001583902720
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on November 06, 2014, 09:19
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20141106_01361647

 :evil: retires.

http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?page=news&cod=73763&tp=n

Locatelli decides he's had enough too. Problems with his sciatic nerve and various other injuries taking their toll.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 06, 2014, 09:23
Sad news indeed Didi retires

now if someone could shoot that guy who runs with antlers on the helmet carrying the *usa flag that would be great
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on November 06, 2014, 09:36
Sad news indeed Didi retires

now if someone could shoot that guy who runs with antlers on the helmet carrying the *usa flag that would be great

Times are hard for celebrity spectators. That kid we used to see every year on the Muur was invisible this year. Even the "Luc" flag guy had to raise sponsorship.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 06, 2014, 10:40
That kid we used to see every year on the Muur was invisible this year.
Maybe he still was on the Muur - but the race didn't come by? ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on November 06, 2014, 10:55
Maybe he still was on the Muur - but the race didn't come by? ;)

Nice cycling version of the falling tree. Camped out until Eneco. Lovely image.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on November 07, 2014, 08:50
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/juanjo-oroz-dice-adios-me-voy-con-una-sonrisa-muy-grande-07-11-2014

Oroz is finished too. Career nearly finished disastrously with Pino-Road, but seems to have enjoyed this last season with Burgos.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 11, 2014, 08:03
C Le Mevel *fr retires, I always thought the move to Garmin would give hime that extra kick to move to the next level, more of a slow death unfortunately, which got worse when he moved back to a French team

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 12, 2014, 17:49
#ag2r Julian Kern did not manage to find a proper team for 2015 and will therefor retire from professional cycling at age 24

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_90384.htm
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on November 16, 2014, 18:22
http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_90422.htm

Schnaidt. :wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 16, 2014, 21:32
The comet of 2012 has glowed out. :(

Good luck in his studies.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on November 21, 2014, 13:39
http://www.nusport.nl/wielrennen/3934792/van-hummel-vindt-geen-nieuwe-ploeg-en-beeindigt-loopbaan.html

Kenny couldn't find a team at the right level. :wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on November 21, 2014, 14:05
http://www.nusport.nl/wielrennen/3934792/van-hummel-vindt-geen-nieuwe-ploeg-en-beeindigt-loopbaan.html

Kenny couldn't find a team at the right level. :wave

Van Hummel was definitely a third-tier sprinter but a colourful character nonetheless and by no means anonymous in the peloton. Shame to see him go.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 21, 2014, 15:33
Kenny

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 :(

Ok so I knew but you can never have too many nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo´s
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 24, 2014, 08:02
Frederik Plesner: Efter sommerferien var det slut oppe i hovedet (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/frederik_plesner_efter_sommerferien_var_det_slut_oppe_i_hovedet/) (Danish)

The 2012 *dk junior champion Frederik Plesner stops. Lost motivation for the sport during the summer break, didn't train enough in the second half of the year, couldn't get any results (or just sit on wheels in races), and decided to call it a day.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 03, 2014, 18:13
https://twitter.com/inrng/status/540188908060147712
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 09, 2014, 09:20
https://twitter.com/FredrikKess/status/542247003309481984

 :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on December 09, 2014, 11:18
https://twitter.com/FredrikKess/status/542247003309481984

 :(

Ouch. I had some sympathy for him in that last interview but I wonder now if there wasn't something dodgy going on with him, because he rode brilliantly during a notable purple patch for the whole team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 09, 2014, 11:38
http://www.eurosport.se/cykel/fredrik-kessiakoff-lagger-av_sto4507202/story.shtml

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Pro cyclist Fredrik Kessiakoff has reached the end. Now he lays down his career. "I've known for a long time that I did not really have the passion that I have had before.", He says to eurosport.se.

It's been a couple of heavy seasons for Fredrik Kessiakoff after the success of the Vuelta 2012. Injuries and crashes have hampered him greatly this season and in winter, 34-year-old joined Kaizer.

- I've known for a long time that I did not really have the passion that I have had before. And then combined with that I have not found a team where I can overcome my problems. Then I will not go further just to ride a bike, but I want to cycle at a high level, and then I need backing to take me out of this hole. I can not get it, then I'd rather go ahead and do something else in life, he says on the phone at home from Monaco.

What he should do next he does not know yet, but he would love to help young cyclists, also in view of the difficulties he himself has gone through during his years on the road.

- This is what is the tricky part that I have always realized that it's hard to find anything in life that you passion for, which is so obvious to go by. It is a challenge for me to find the same vision or the same drive that I have had with the bike.

- The second I feel spontaneously that I think would be fun in the future is to have någointing with the sport of cycling to do. Any help young cyclists to take the leap to professional life and supporting them. I have experience from pro life itself and I know it is not easy to come into the world. And when you get there so people think you have everything fixed itself, but of course you also know, I have had a bumpy ride. And where I feel it would have been fun to help, and support young cyclists. It's something that I think would be fun.

Kessiakoff began his career as a mountain biker and competed among others in the Olympics in 2008. He then went on to a successful time as a road cyclist.

His career reached its climax in 2012 when he won a stage in the Vuelta a España and even had Berga's jersey in the Tour de France seven stages. The year before he won the Tour of Austria.

last month he already said on the same site

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(gt) "I do not sit at home and feeling depressed, but I do not know right now what I should do next year - I enjoy it. It feels good. I try to live in the moment, I am enjoying my free time, is at home in Sweden and meet my family and my friends, and it has been pretty good. Then sooner or later it will become clear what to do next year. Then I know when I mapped out a path for it and a way for it. But right now, I have not solved it and then I can not map out a path, and it's very nice I must say."

edit: on his website (http://www.kessiakoff.com/) there's also a statement in English:

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All good things must come to an end...

It is today with no regrets that I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling. After two years filled with injuries and health problems I have failed to find a team for 2015 on a level that I find inspiring and I therefore think it is the right time for me to move on.

I look back on a 15year long journey with the bronze medal at the 2006 MTB Worlds, the MTB World Cup race victory in Maribor 2007, winning the Tour of Austria overall 2011, wearing the polka-dot jersey at the 2012 Tour de France and the stage win at the Vuelta Espana 2012 as highlights.

 I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank my girlfriend Maria for her endless support, sacrifices and encouragement, Gustav Larsson for never saying no to training and my family for always being there. Thank you also to my fans, sponsors and teammates.

 I am looking forward to a second career. Exactly what that is, is still to be discovered.

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 09, 2014, 20:56
https://twitter.com/VanottiAle/status/542363154811199488
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 10, 2014, 23:13
there's a long interview with Kessiakoff on eurosport.se (http://www.eurosport.se/cykel/intervju-kessiakoff-nar-sasongen-tog-slut-var-det-en-sadan-lattnad_sto4508167/story.shtml) now:

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INTERVIEW: Kessiakoff: "When the season ended, it was such a relief"


34 years old puts Fredrik Kessiakoff point of his career. He made it to the top of the world in both mountain biking and road, but eventually became the setbacks too big. "Even in the summer, I was so down that I felt I could barely finish the season," he says to eurosport.se.

Fredrik Kessiakoff was something of a Swedish pioneer mountain bike when he embarked on a pro career that took him including a World Cup victory and the bronze at the World Championships. After the 2008 Olympics, he switched to the road, and more than anything else will probably Swedish cycling fans remember him wearing Tour's mountain spotted price shirt which he wore in a total of seven days in summer 2012 and eventually lost after an exciting battle against Thomas Voeckler.

From being among the world's elite MTB he also managed to fight with the best on the road when he was on top. He won the Tour of Austria, he was among the top overall in the Vuelta a España before he became gastric two weeks into the contest in 2011. He beat Fabian Cancellara at home in a tempo stage in Switzerland around, and Alberto Contador and Chris Froome in Vueltans long-paced stage in 2012 .

But the road career has also carried the pressure and stress and adversity. The success in 2012 was the last actual results as he did. Neither he nor Astana wanted to extend the contract, and without having found a team that can help him to perform at the level he wants, he has now decided to quit.

- It has been a very tough year, especially mentally. And already this summer, I was so down that I felt I could barely finish the season. I had to fight to even hurricanes train. There were setbacks and it was not fun anymore to get out on the bike, he says.

- It has a lot to do with that I have not had any results and no success, and I have certainly had pressure from the team and so on. And then I have felt that it was not fun anymore, it was not on my own terms. When the season was over, it was such a heavenly relief. Since I have just been waiting for - usually over a period of rest, it's incredibly nice in two, three, maybe four weeks to not cycle more, but to do otherwise. Since usually the desire to come back, it tends to come slowly. But this year has come at all. That is why I first came into December, but I'm going with my winter training. For I have known that I will not sit here in January and undo me, but I have given it the time it has taken to possibly bring back a craving. But I sit here now and it feels great every day that I do not need to go out on the bike. So I really feel that it's the right decision. But that's a long time I've felt like this.

  Since road career started, he has struggled in periods. In 2012 he got out he was allergic to pollen which leads to asthma. He has had a fragile and unpredictable form, both have been able to disappear suddenly and hit the height of peak earnings.

The first time he knew of the problems was in 2008, the last year of mountain biking. After a good winter he went to the Cape Epic stage race on MTB, and felt bad.

- After that, I have always had dips in the season, but they have become longer and longer, and deeper and deeper. Even in 2011, when I had a tough spring. But then I got a respite from the team might say, the early part of the summer. I was in Sweden and trained on and felt that I had no pressure from the team. That's what I feel now, that as I have had higher expectations I have gotten less and less breathing room. Then it is a negative spiral. For I have always had it there respite. The opportunity to take a step back, get harmony, and then it just released, he said.

- It has become tougher and tougher and especially harder and harder for me to take me out of these depressions.

After the success on the Tour in 2012, he wrote a new contract with Astana, one of the richest teams where he now was one of the best paid truckers. But since then he has barely made any profit at all, despite much suffering and work. Last year he became ill and the shape disappeared during the Giro, where he still was with and helped forward Vincenzo Nibali to total victory. Then he crashed just five days into the tour, and so there was not much left in the season.

  This year he crashed during the Strade Bianche in February and pitched deep flesh wound on gravel roads. It was the beginning of a painful ours, where the team against doctor's advice sent him to the contest after contest, even though he was far behind in every single hill. They wanted to race him in shape, but he did not get better. In summer, it was found that he had had an infection in the body.

In landsvägsscykling you are an employee of a team, with expectations and requirements, which Kessiakoff has taken very seriously but has not always been easy to live up to.

- On the mountain, I was much more himself. Then it was me who decided my training program and I was able to determine that this week I will rest and I'll run an important race next weekend. On the road it's "oh well, Fredrik, now we determine the competition program, this is how it looks." Then maybe you think "what a relief, now I have a little breathing room here," they say, "Nämen Frederick, we think you need to compete." Well, okay. Then you have nothing to say, but then you have to go there. Then you should have a certain level, and I could not live up to it so it was like I was at home and lay on the couch, I did not look after me. It became very negative and I was stressed and so on.

  Kessiakoff has also been addicted to Astana will help him with his health problems, and the dialogue has not always worked, especially the last two years. He would have needed more help to come to grips with their problems.

- You think what good, now he is pro, now everything is clear. Now he has no problem anymore. But for me, the problems start for real when you become a pro. For that is when you cut ties with all the support you have from home. You are expected to move abroad and stay alone and the team will take care of you. But the point of course the 26, 27, 28 other cyclists that they should take care of, and it's three doctors and they hit one every three races. As a doctor hits you actually every three months, and he is busy he goes home and has its own reception. So I think it looks different than you think. It looks very cool and professional, but I think that there is a need there for support, from a parent club or from a union. From any intermediary simply.

  But he's glad he switched to road when he did it.

- Yes, absolutely. Here and now when I look back on my career, I've done quite a lot. Getting past the first neoproåret is quite difficult. Often people much younger than I was when they step over, so it is often that you get a two-year contract, but maybe you're 22, 23, 24 - that's pretty hard to get results then. I came in, not with more experience but I had a little more cykelår basically. So I could do pretty good from me. And that I think is behind that my career on the road anyway became so long as it was. When I stepped in, I thought that this could be a year, it could be two or three. Now, when it still was six, so I feel that I have done over the average length of professionals. It still feels very good. I've done some results. Since we know the how heavy it was and how tough it is, and what a tough sport this is.

  But even if it feels right, it is a difficult decision to lay off with that which has been your whole life.

- I've actually been difficult to say the words, or what I say to you, that I lay down. Because there has been an identity, that I should ride a bike. And when I think of the future, I think that "yes, I have to be able to ride well," but then I think that no, I do not ride anymore, I might not stick out and ride, and I can maybe do things to do well, in the form of training and to touch me and that stuff that I feel I need to do to feel good.

- So it's still very much of my identity this to be a cyclist, and that I may now start talking like I'm a former cyclist and former professional cyclist, it feels really strange. But just as it's hard to cut ties, so the minute I think about what I do not have to do every day, so I feel that "God what a relief to get rid of all that stuff," for all that was worth it when it went well. When it went well so we know that okay, the more effort on the bike the more I get results on the races. But when there is no longer go hand in hand, then you are in that position I'm in now, what the heck, I was of course not because I want to ride a bike, but it was for those results. And then it also feels natural to have made this decision.

He stops while the credibility of his team the past four years, Astana, is challenged by including a number of doping cases. But Kessiakoff think the sport in general is clean.

- I'm really surprised when people still go there. At the same time, I get almost a little happy when I see someone go there, because then I think that "God what a relief," then we lose the additional idiot from the sport. For it is nevertheless what is required. And maybe people will always try to cheat, but it kännns that it's pretty low level in what they're doing, it's steroids and EPO, it feels like the 80s or 90s doping, this all know that you can go there. There's really no other word than idiots to describe people who are doing just that.

  - But there is money to be made in international sport. It's like, for my part, I had been a different, had I had a different view of doping, I might have been tempted to dope me to sort out my problems. But I grew up with it not on the map. And my life's dream was not to be on the podium, that's not why I bicycles. I want to stand so high up on the podium as I can. As loud as I can based on my circumstances, as a person and the physical and mental conditions I have been born with and which I have been able to push myself to. Better than that, I do not deserve, because I realize that we are not all equal. There are those who have more talent than I have. That might have had other conditions, have felt his body better or have other muscle fibers or other psyche. And I can not take me longer than I can with my prospects.

- But you realize that there are people who become desperate when there is money to be made or there is pressure. There is also such a thing can be a problem in bicycle racing, too much pressure can be negative as well. But for me this is the sport of cycling clean. Then there are idiots, but I do not think there is organized doping at the level of cycling in all cases. I think absolutely not.

He does not know yet what he will do in the future, but he would love to help young riders in professional life, for example, just when you end up in the interstices of having to take care of yourself and live up to the requirements that the team has. He still do not know in what form. Through his club Skara he has connections to the newly established Swedish project Three Mountains.

- I was in discussions with them before they even started. But until now, I have felt that I wanted to give my career a chance. But of course it's great to team there, and we'll see if there may be any difference to me where or how it is now. I think it's great to have a good Swedish team, but there is still a gap between competing in Sweden and some abroad, to enter the pro teams at the highest level.

  Until further notice, he lives left in Monaco with his girlfriend Maria Kullberg who has been with the entire professional adventure. Many find it strange bike professionals who have girlfriends who do not work, but they often do much of the work around without being seen, says Kessiakoff.

- I believe that not everyone understands how important it anyway have been for me to have someone who has made this journey with me. Not least I, who have not had so much as a sounding board outside my family and my girlfriend - it's been those who have taken a lot of discussions about how to create this plan and everything around training. So it will be a big change for us both. For she has also been a big part of this trip, for sure.

The goal right now is to move towards Sweden, although Kessiakoff may well imagine that continue life anywhere else in the world. It scares him, he says.

- She looks enough really looking forward to the next step as well. At last she can get out and get a job with work colleagues and not only have to work for me. We know well both of them that it's scary to step out of professional cycling, but I think we both of them think it's exciting and fun to start a second career.

Kessiakoff of the highlights of his career:

Overall victory in the Tour of Austria 2011
- It was fun, win total. I think I showed that I was very complete. I won the toppmålgången there, and then people started talking about that I was not good at pace and I thought wait a minute, I know I can run well on pace. Santambrogio was it who was second, then, as I was driving on the time trial. It was a highlight of my life really, in my career.

  The victory at the tempo stage of the Vuelta 2012
- I talked pecis with my girlfriend about this and we looked back at my career and said that beat Contador - I saw him in the Basque country here, last year it was well. I sat on the bus and had been driving, and looked at the last riders. Then it was Valverde and Contador and I thought, heck, they just sprinting the whole tempo stage. Then I thought back and felt that, yes but I hit the Contador, with seventeen seconds each well, in the Vuelta. So it's a highlight.

The battle for the mountain prize jersey in the Tour de France 2012
- It feels great to have driven there, it was my first Tour de France, and being able to go in and do nothing - I felt that I was with, I had the legs for it.

Mountain Biking years
- That I won a World Cup. Which was also the reason I felt I could make the jump to road sport. And then I was third at the World Championships, European Championships and World Cup overall. I was never the best, but I was up there, I was in some kind of world elite. It's great fun to think back on.


Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on December 15, 2014, 17:57
http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_90756.htm

Forke says bye bye.

So I think that means the number of pro cyclists following Flo on twitter is back down to one.  :P
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on January 13, 2015, 19:05
Nick Nuyens has retired after failing to find a suitable contract for 2015.

I heard it on the radio in the supermarket this evening... only in Flanders! ;)

The only thing he wishes he'd been able to do was to win the Belgian Nats, otherwise he is satisfied with his career.

He appears also to say that he holds a financial interest in a supermarket but he'd like to do something in youth cycling. All that only after taking a decent break first.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2207584 (NL)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on February 16, 2015, 11:18
Luca Dodi will retire for the moment, after two seasons with #lampre he did not manage to find a new team for 2015. He is working in a gym currently and plans to involve at a university next year

http://www.spaziociclismo.it/ciclomercato/ciclomercato-dodi-sembra-che-il-mondo-del-ciclismo-si-sia-di-colpo-dimenticato-della-mia-esistenza-44414
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 16, 2015, 12:15
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

https://twitter.com/inrng/status/567295293579087873
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on February 16, 2015, 12:17
He'll be 34, have won somewhere between 5 and 8 Grand Tours. I'd say he would have earned retirement by then.

Plus, by 2016, there will be a whole tranche of younger competition for GT GC wins. Why not quit while you're ahead?!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on February 16, 2015, 12:17
he's been preparing us for the announcement for a while now :P
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on February 16, 2015, 12:18
he's been preparing us for the announcement for a while now :P

It gives you 2 years to find a new icon, Florry  :) :cool
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on February 16, 2015, 12:20
He'll be 34, have won somewhere between 5 and 8 Grand Tours. I'd say he would have earned retirement by then.


:? :?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on February 16, 2015, 12:25
:? :?

CJ can't count, everybody. Don't worry - it's not like I do quantitative risk assessments on consumer products for a living, so you're all safe :fp

He'll be 34, have won somewhere between 6 and 10 Grand Tours. I'd say he would have earned retirement by then.

That's better...
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on February 16, 2015, 13:40
:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

https://twitter.com/inrng/status/567295293579087873

https://twitter.com/chemadelolmo/status/567295739878211586
"next season COULD be his farewell"

IAM confused
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 16, 2015, 14:13
https://twitter.com/chemadelolmo/status/567295739878211586
"next season COULD be his farewell"

IAM confused

https://twitter.com/MikeKaltoft/status/567322827213524993
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on March 05, 2015, 11:27
Antonio Piedra, latterly of Caja Rural, has retired after not finding a contract for 2015.

http://www.ciclismoafondo.es/competicion/noticias-competicion/articulo/Retirada-Antonio-Piedra

The Spaniard - who spent his entire 8-year career in his homeland - was not a prolific winner. Although he has the enviable statistic that one third of his pro-wins came in the Vuelta Espana (a grand total of 1 stage), when he took a solo win to the summit at Lagos De Covadonga in 2012. That was to be his last visit to the top step of the podium[1].
 1. It was two stages (and three days) later, of course, when a certain Alberto Contador won the stage to Fuente De to take an unassailable lead in the overall competition, sealing his comeback season with a bang
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on March 20, 2015, 05:38
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/578764687451504640
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on April 28, 2015, 17:47
https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/593093695760642048
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on May 27, 2015, 14:03
http://www.teamlottojumbo.com/cycling-news/kevin-de-weert-quits-cycling-
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Joelsim on June 05, 2015, 19:41
http://www.teamlottojumbo.com/cycling-news/kevin-de-weert-quits-cycling-


Daan Olivier retiring to study for a different career.

http://teamgiantalpecin.com/daan-olivier-opts-to-leave-professional-cycling/

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on June 05, 2015, 20:20
Daan Olivier retiring to study for a different career.
Good for him. :cool
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Joelsim on June 13, 2015, 20:59
Petacchi has retired

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/petacchi-confirms-retirement-from-cycling

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jamsque on June 13, 2015, 22:30
I was sad that he didn't make it to the end of Il Giro this year, and I'm sad to see him go. I loved watching him back in the Fassa Bortolo days.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Joelsim on June 13, 2015, 22:37
I was sad that he didn't make it to the end of Il Giro this year, and I'm sad to see him go. I loved watching him back in the Fassa Bortolo days.

Legend.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on July 14, 2015, 07:20
Not an announced retirement, but the rigours of treatment, combined with his age, seems to make it inevitable that Ivan Basso has raced his last significant race.

Every good wish to Ivan and all those around him for the battle ahead.  We often talk of courage in relation to those facing cancer treatments: going to the press within two hours of diagnosis is a cruel additional courage to expect of anyone. 


The last thing he needs now, or the principle of dignified discussion needs now, is uninformed speculation about PEDs as causative: I was appalled by Dark Side leaping onto this.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on July 15, 2015, 15:47
#cofidis Romain Zingle retires with heart problems after tests showed he could not return to competition.

https://fr.sports.yahoo.com/news/cofidis-zingle-contraint-mettre-terme-143600222.html (FR)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on July 21, 2015, 22:15
Peraud indicates that he will retire next year. It's likely to be his last Tour, he would prefer to do the Giro instead

http://cyclingquotes.com/news/peraud_this_will_be_my_final_tour/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on August 02, 2015, 23:49
http://feltet.dk/nyheder/mads_christensen_stopper_karrieren/ (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/mads_christensen_stopper_karrieren/)

#riwal Mads Christensen retires, effective immediately.

Started as a pro in 2005 with Quick Step, was transferred to Barloworld after a year. After a couple of years in the Danish domestic scene, he had another go at Saxo/Tinkoff, where he raced for three years (2011-2013). Last year he was with Cult, but didn't get a pro contract when the team stepped up to ProConti, and signed with Riwal instead.

Now he's calling it quits after a changing and eventful career.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on August 17, 2015, 14:18
Melvin Rullière #veranclassic has ended his career at 25.

At the end of last month, the Dijonnais started the Tour de Wallonie. On Stage 1 he punctured after 30km of racing but could not get back on to the peloton. So he decided that, since he was in Belgium, he would DNF and simply hand back his bike and kit and go home. So he did.

A relatively successful amateur rider, Rullière turned pro in 2015 but had not managed to finish a UCI race since April.

http://www.bienpublic.com/sport-local/2015/08/17/melvin-rulliere-dit-stop (FR)

For those who weren't aware, Sebastien Rosseler also quit #veranclassic in June. The former QuickStep, Radio Shack and Garmin rider had been with the Belgian Conti team since 2014 but his results were consistently poor.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on August 26, 2015, 08:03
according to today's l'Equipe #cofidis Steve Chainel will quit road cycling at the end of the season and concentrate on cyclo cross instead
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on August 26, 2015, 08:27
according to today's l'Equipe #cofidis Steve Chainel will quit road cycling at the end of the season and concentrate on cyclo cross instead

Yeah, I read that too a few days ago. The implication was not so much that he considers his career done but instead that he has a unique opportunity to start his own team and, iirc, if it goes well they may also race on the road too.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2419984 (NL)

The new team will be called 'Cross Team by G4', the 'G4' being former pro Geofrroy Lequatre's clothing brand.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on August 26, 2015, 08:59
The new team will be called 'Cross Team by G4', the 'G4' being former pro Geofrroy Lequatre's clothing brand.

They were previously involved with Cannondale - see these floral numbers in the "Peter Sagan" collection...

http://www.g4dimension.com/en/casual-wear/263-man-polo-peter-s-flowers-limited-edition.html (http://www.g4dimension.com/en/casual-wear/263-man-polo-peter-s-flowers-limited-edition.html)

Because who doesn't want a polo shirt with a flowery face of the Slovak champion..?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 26, 2015, 10:45
Yeah, I read that too a few days ago. The implication was not so much that he considers his career done but instead that he has a unique opportunity to start his own team and, iirc, if it goes well they may also race on the road too.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden/1.2419984 (NL)

The new team will be called 'Cross Team by G4', the 'G4' being former pro Geofrroy Lequatre's clothing brand.

Good to see the name G4 still around Was a Bit of a fan of the rider
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 01, 2015, 16:42
Heart conditions ends his career at 27

https://twitter.com/sporza/status/638732476567920640
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 11, 2015, 11:20
https://twitter.com/pedalmagazine/status/642147311062249472

:o
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 11, 2015, 11:43
that would be sad, let's hope he'll find a good team. Go #rainbow Cannonball  :Goodbye:
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 11, 2015, 13:55
It's understandable though that Boivin doesn't feel like continuing to slog it out on the North American circuit after four years at PCT/WT level which is where he belongs, anyway.

Strange that none of the US pro teams give him a contract, he's a very good rider. #bmc #tcg #trek - even #uhc - step up, please!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: stereojet on September 25, 2015, 08:39
Not an announced retirement, but the rigours of treatment, combined with his age, seems to make it inevitable that Ivan Basso has raced his last significant race.

Every good wish to Ivan and all those around him for the battle ahead.  We often talk of courage in relation to those facing cancer treatments: going to the press within two hours of diagnosis is a cruel additional courage to expect of anyone. 


The last thing he needs now, or the principle of dignified discussion needs now, is uninformed speculation about PEDs as causative: I was appalled by Dark Side leaping onto this.

A bit of good news here (sorry if this has already been posted): Basso's been given the all-clear.
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/ivan-basso-receives-all-clear-after-cancer-treatment-192620
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 28, 2015, 08:44
Jussi retires  :(   #teamfi

https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/648398781269082112
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: DJW on October 06, 2015, 20:08
Hayden Roulston has retired from the road but will be targeting Rio next year:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/72752440/Kiwi-cyclist-Roulston-targets-track-gold-at-Rio-then-retirement
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 06, 2015, 20:48
and talking about Rio...#jumbo Maarten Tjallingi will retire after the Olympics

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2461491
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 06, 2015, 20:58
and talking about Rio...#jumbo Maarten Tjallingi will retire after the Olympics

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2461491
There's no mention of the Olympics in that ...? :S
Classics, Giro, maybe Dutch champs. So he'll stop well before Rio.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 06, 2015, 21:04
ah, right, I somehow thought I read about the Olympics somewhere and didn't read the whole article again
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 08, 2015, 09:30
#wanty James Vanlandschoot

https://twitter.com/JaVanlandschoot/status/651797122598240256

 :S
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 08, 2015, 10:10
:S
Not the most logical "transfer", I suppose ...
But he'll get a decent wage there after probably being let go at #wanty for budget reasons, and he stays in the scene.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on October 08, 2015, 12:04
#wanty James Vanlandschoot

https://twitter.com/JaVanlandschoot/status/651797122598240256

 :S


 :D :D :D :D :D :D

Wasn't he profiled in Procycling magazine recently?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on October 09, 2015, 17:17
http://newsday.co.tt/sport/0,218184.html

Emile Abraham took the opportunity at his home race to announce his upcoming retirement. Last race will be the Caribbean Road Cycling Championships.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 09, 2015, 22:32
http://newsday.co.tt/sport/0,218184.html

Emile Abraham took the opportunity at his home race to announce his upcoming retirement. Last race will be the Caribbean Road Cycling Championships.
Good old Emile. He's had a long and (for a Trinidadian) quite successful career that I've followed from afar. :)
Bye-bye, Mr. Abraham! :wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on October 10, 2015, 23:17
Not an announced retirement, but the rigours of treatment, combined with his age, seems to make it inevitable that Ivan Basso has raced his last significant race.

Every good wish to Ivan and all those around him for the battle ahead.  We often talk of courage in relation to those facing cancer treatments: going to the press within two hours of diagnosis is a cruel additional courage to expect of anyone. 


The last thing he needs now, or the principle of dignified discussion needs now, is uninformed speculation about PEDs as causative: I was appalled by Dark Side leaping onto this.

I share your wishes of good fortune to Basso in the future. But as for the Dark Side, and speculation? Isn't that what the Dark Side, and the Clinic, are for? To make sure that no one is above suspicion or detection?

In hindsight, it seems to me that Basso was, at worst, a less than willing participant in blood bag bingo. But, all the same, forums like the Dark Side present us all with a chance to demonstrate our ignorance, eh? Wouldn't do to deprive us now, would it?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 11, 2015, 10:13
I share your wishes of good fortune to Basso in the future. But as for the Dark Side, and speculation? Isn't that what the Dark Side, and the Clinic, are for? To make sure that no one is above suspicion or detection?

In hindsight, it seems to me that Basso was, at worst, a less than willing participant in blood bag bingo. But, all the same, forums like the Dark Side present us all with a chance to demonstrate our ignorance, eh? Wouldn't do to deprive us now, would it?

The context of my July comment was that no reference had been made to the announcement of Basso's cancer other than the fact of the announcement on these pages other than clinic insinuations.  The retirement threads was perhaps not the correct place (in hindsight, it seems that it was) but I felt strongly that we should collectively have a record of our concern, not only of our suspicion.

Frankly, even if there were incontrovertible certainty that his testicular cancer were a direct, foreseeable and inevitable consequence of his previous PED abuse (which is certainly not the case), the humanity and decency that characterises this forum compared to others would still make it imperative that, on that day, concern rather than condemnation  should have been the tone to strike.

That is not to say that Dark Side discussion should not exist: I would perhaps have expressed my thoughts better if I had said that I was appalled that people's first reaction was to look to the dark side rather than the future for the victim.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2015, 12:03
Frankly, even if there were incontrovertible certainty that his testicular cancer were a direct, foreseeable and inevitable consequence of his previous PED abuse (which is certainly not the case), the humanity and decency that characterises this forum compared to others would still make it imperative that, on that day, concern rather than condemnation  should have been the tone to strike.
I firmly agree with this statement.
On the day, although I had thoughts like that, I kept them to myself (I think).

There's a time for Dark Side speculation regarding Basso, but the day he's learned of cancer isn't that day.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on October 11, 2015, 12:59
The retirement threads was perhaps not the correct place.
That is correct.

http://www.nu.nl/gezondheid/3823528/veel-fietsen-vergroot-kans-prostaatkanker.html

And dont forget his mum.

Ciao Ivan.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 11, 2015, 14:16
That is correct.

http://www.nu.nl/gezondheid/3823528/veel-fietsen-vergroot-kans-prostaatkanker.html

And dont forget his mum.

Ciao Ivan.

That means nothing to me, this is an English language forum. 
What is your point?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on October 11, 2015, 14:51
That means nothing to me, this is an English language forum. 
What is your point?
It means ciao Ivan and good luck to the rest of his life because I find it insane to talk about the possible use of PED's and cancer in this thread. I didnt understand in the first place why you thought it was a good thing to bring this up here but that is my view.

Ciao Ivan, cant say I enjoyed watching him but he will be remembered for his 2010 win at the biggest GT around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za9thtLyVpo
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 11, 2015, 14:59
here is the right place to continue that discussion

The Dark Side > How are ex Dopers to be remembered ? (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=7590.0)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 11, 2015, 18:11
It means ciao Ivan and good luck to the rest of his life because I find it insane to talk about the possible use of PED's and cancer in this thread. I didnt understand in the first place why you thought it was a good thing to bring this up here but that is my view.

I mentioned Dark Side here only to say that his (then presumed) retirement through illness should be discussed here rather than there, which is what other people were doing at the time.  I don't know where you think it should have been discussed, nor the relevance of the Dutch page you linked.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 19, 2015, 11:33
https://twitter.com/JimmyEngoulvent/status/653232510084759552

au revoir Jimmy :wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 26, 2015, 09:33
#gerolsteiner #milram #uhc Robert Förster :wave

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_96012.htm

I can't really say I noticed him too often during the past years, but he won stages in the Vuelta and Giro, and if it wasn't for Vino he also could have won one in the Tour. So he can look back on a successful career I think.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 26, 2015, 18:09
2014 *no champion #coop Tormod Hausken Jacobsen retires from cycling & will apparently focus on his studies:
http://www.procycling.no/ble-norgesmester-i-fjor-na-legger-han-opp/ (http://www.procycling.no/ble-norgesmester-i-fjor-na-legger-han-opp/)

I'll miss his beard. ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 27, 2015, 13:16
http://cykelmagasinet.dk/staerk-dansk-rytter-stopper-karrieren (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/staerk-dansk-rytter-stopper-karrieren)

#riwal Nikola Ajstrup hangs up his bike.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 29, 2015, 11:37
https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/659695197513580545
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on October 30, 2015, 21:28
None too soon for me:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/10/news/report-without-a-team-horner-may-retire_388448

"Au revoir, mon ami! Bon chance! "

and sotto voce "and good riddance. Way too much weirdness goin' on in your past few years. "

I need to go to the store and buy some glue.

 ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 30, 2015, 21:35
Cooke says he never talked to l'Equipe though
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on October 31, 2015, 22:49
2014 *no champion #coop Tormod Hausken Jacobsen retires from cycling & will apparently focus on his studies:
http://www.procycling.no/ble-norgesmester-i-fjor-na-legger-han-opp/ (http://www.procycling.no/ble-norgesmester-i-fjor-na-legger-han-opp/)

I'll miss his beard. ;)

That is one fine beard.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 11, 2015, 09:51
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/664379561883242496
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 11, 2015, 11:30
https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/664347326169743360
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: DJW on November 11, 2015, 15:28
Shame about Flakemore but a very brave decision on his part. He could have shut up and taken the my money but he has done what is right for him in the long run.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on November 29, 2015, 08:40
Dunno if mentioned already:

https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/670877390982266880

Dyachenko retires.

He has had an interesting last season though...

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 07, 2015, 12:37
Jonny Bellis retires had a hard last few years

and Ballan probably without a team and will retire
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 18, 2015, 09:04
#greenedge Brett Lancaster retires and becomes DS at #sky Team Sky

http://www.ridemedia.com.au/features/lancaster-from-racer-to-sports-director/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Capt_Cavman on December 18, 2015, 10:57
Jonny Bellis retires had a hard last few years

Really sad, no fairytale recovery in his case. Best wishes to him and his.

and Ballan probably without a team and will retire
Not so sad.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 28, 2015, 11:54
#wanty Björn Leukemans and #trek Kristof Vandewalle retire from professional cycling after not having found a new team for 2016

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2533826
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20151221_02031688
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on December 28, 2015, 17:33
#wanty Björn Leukemans and #trek Kristof Vandewalle retire from professional cycling after not having found a new team for 2016

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2533826
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/sportwereld/cnt/dmf20151221_02031688
Dont forget Francis de Greef.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 28, 2015, 18:33
who? :P
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on December 30, 2015, 11:21
I must say that I thought Leukemans might eke out another season in 2016 but it seems that, given the team's announcement, he wanted too much money.

He was no longer much more than a familiar face and a minor placegetter, but a last-25km shakedown that doesn't include him next Spring will be something of a brave new world.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Ram on December 30, 2015, 16:08
https://twitter.com/cyclingtips/status/664347326169743360
Basically Jay Sweet. Or even Clively.

And to repeat a banal statement: In journalism, cynics suggest, three data points are enough for a trend.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 30, 2015, 18:02
another former Belgian hopeful, #torku Kevin Seeldraeyers, is unable to find a team for 2016

http://www.rtbf.be/sport/cyclisme/detail_kevin-seeldraeyers-renonce-a-trouver-une-nouvelle-equipe?id=9174947
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on December 30, 2015, 18:50
another former Belgian hopeful, #torku Kevin Seeldraeyers, is unable to find a team for 2016

http://www.rtbf.be/sport/cyclisme/detail_kevin-seeldraeyers-renonce-a-trouver-une-nouvelle-equipe?id=9174947

Ah, the post-career life for an average ex-pro ...

As the article above points out, Seeldraeyers has already completed a training course as an installation engineer for Belgian communications provider Telenet.

Hence Dutch language site Sporza's equivalent article on this topic, published under this rather crass headline:

Seeldraeyers will install your digibox

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2535479 (NL)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on January 20, 2016, 15:02
https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/689824964699123712
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on January 20, 2016, 15:29
I'm afraid we'll be able to add Finetto to that soon ... :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on January 20, 2016, 15:36
I'm afraid we'll be able to add Finetto to that soon ... :(

Both have made careers out of BOTD and (presumably) team duties. Familiar names but only vaguely so. Italian cycling sure is shrinking fast.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on January 20, 2016, 15:58
that's not true at all in Finetto's case. He has been the best rider of the team over the past years, he has plenty of podiums in one day races and won the Sibiu Tour last year and the GP Lugano in 2014
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on January 20, 2016, 16:02
that's not true at all in Finetto's case. He has been the best rider of the team over the past years, he has plenty of podiums in one day races and one the Sibiu Tour last year and the GP Lugano in 2014
And the Tour du Limousin (or something)!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on January 21, 2016, 12:40
#gerolsteiner #milram #uhc Robert Förster :wave

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_96012.htm

I can't really say I noticed him too often during the past years, but he won stages in the Vuelta and Giro, and if it wasn't for Vino he also could have won one in the Tour. So he can look back on a successful career I think.

Famous for being the guy everyone mistakes for Robert Förstemann.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on January 22, 2016, 13:16
Famous for being the guy everyone mistakes for Robert Förstemann.
Never seen or heard anybody do that. I'd say that before his move to the US, Förster (Giro stage winner and all that) was way, way better-known than Förstemann. Track cycling isn't as big deal in Germany as it is in the UK or Australia.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on January 24, 2016, 16:27
the breakaway killer #giant Cheng Ji will retire at the end of the season :o

Quote
I will remain active in cycling for sure but I feel it’s time for me to move on to the other side of the fence and help Chinese cycling to develop. I’d like to give the talented 15 or 16 year-olds a chance to reach the pro level.

http://cyclingquotes.com/news/cheng_to_end_his_career_to_promote_cycling_in_china
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on April 07, 2016, 09:16
Pop retires after Roubaix and becomes #trek ds in 2017

https://twitter.com/sporza_koers/status/717987569938653184
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on May 10, 2016, 20:27
https://twitter.com/nealrogers/status/730114560770768897
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on June 24, 2016, 15:32
and another one...

#giant press release

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CARTER JONES OPTS TO LEAVE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING

Carter Jones (USA) has chosen to leave professional cycling in order to focus on a different career path. Jones had been considering his future for some time, and the recent crashes influenced his decision to quit professional cycling sooner rather than later. Team Giant-Alpecin respects this decision and offers its full support and cooperation. Jones and the team have agreed to terminate his contract as of July.

Jones explained: “It is a personal decision related to two accidents, one last year and one recently, and I am now ready to move on to the next step in my life. I have spent two great seasons at Team Giant-Alpecin, and they have provided me the opportunity to compete in many races at the WorldTour level.

“I have to thank my family for expecting me to complete my college education before fully pursuing a cycling career. Now I will use my degrees in integrative physiology and sociology from the University of Colorado, as well as the experience I have gained as a cyclist, to transition to a career off the bike. Through my experience as a cyclist I have developed an interest in sports marketing and event production, which I hope to pursue further.”

“Carter has been a valuable member of the team, and we respect his decision,” said coach Rudi Kemna (NED). “Carter’s dedication and professionalism cannot be faulted, and it has been a pleasure to have worked with him. We want to thank Carter for his commitment to the team, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on June 29, 2016, 17:51
Vansummeren retires from cycling due to heart problem

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBhFaHR0cDovL2Nkbi5tZWRpYS5jeWNsaW5nbmV3cy5jb20vMjAxNi8wNC8wOC8yLzIwMTEzMTY0XzE0ODY1OF80OTAuanBnFNQHFIAEHBSEBhSUAwAAFgASAA&s=TZgybWfJhivvI8bQrtWjg_co_xgqujI4Z3RnXJ8wDa0)

2011 was so happy he won
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Slow Rider on June 29, 2016, 18:24
Vansummeren retires from cycling due to heart problem

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBhFaHR0cDovL2Nkbi5tZWRpYS5jeWNsaW5nbmV3cy5jb20vMjAxNi8wNC8wOC8yLzIwMTEzMTY0XzE0ODY1OF80OTAuanBnFNQHFIAEHBSEBhSUAwAAFgASAA&s=TZgybWfJhivvI8bQrtWjg_co_xgqujI4Z3RnXJ8wDa0)

2011 was so happy he won

I was cursing the whole team that day, poor Fabian :(

Still, it was a well-deserved victory, one to remember. Vansummeren always was a great rider, a hard worker who gave everything for the team, and in that Roubaix win he got the biggest reward possible. Sad to see him retire.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on June 29, 2016, 22:23
Vansummeren retires from cycling due to heart problem

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBhFaHR0cDovL2Nkbi5tZWRpYS5jeWNsaW5nbmV3cy5jb20vMjAxNi8wNC8wOC8yLzIwMTEzMTY0XzE0ODY1OF80OTAuanBnFNQHFIAEHBSEBhSUAwAAFgASAA&s=TZgybWfJhivvI8bQrtWjg_co_xgqujI4Z3RnXJ8wDa0)

2011 was so happy he won
Sad to see him retire.
But happy for him - he got the win, got the rock, and got the girl.
And his name will forever be etched on one of those Roubaix velodrome showers.
What more could you want? :cool
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Slow Rider on July 11, 2016, 10:41
https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/752437188911136772

Purito Rodriguez will retire at the end of this season. He never got the GT win he deserves, but has a great palmares nonetheless. An Olympic medal on this parcours that is well-suited to him would be great - and hopefully he'll be able to do something this Tour as well.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on August 04, 2016, 09:10
I must have missed this...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/jesse-sergent-retires-from-cycling/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 04, 2016, 09:16
I must have missed this...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/jesse-sergent-retires-from-cycling/

me as well
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on August 18, 2016, 12:04
Jean-Christophe Peraud  to retire after the Vuelta
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on September 03, 2016, 20:14
http://www.teamroompot.nl/en/news/i/33-nieuws/354-johnny-hoogerland-stopt-als-renner


 #roompot #roompot #roompot #roompot #roompot

Much missed by me. Love that guy.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 07, 2016, 14:35
#orica Christian Meier retires at the end of the season

http://www.greenedgecycling.com/news/christian-meier-announces-his-retirement
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 07, 2016, 18:06
#orica Christian Meier retires at the end of the season
I guess the Girona coffee places are running well enough now that he doesn't have to do the cycling part anymore. ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 08, 2016, 13:58
Gossy :wave

http://oneprocycling.com/former-milan-san-remo-winner-matt-goss-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-season/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 13, 2016, 11:25
Daniele Ratto Retires

https://twitter.com/rattodaniele/status/775631390754865152
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Not My Circus on September 13, 2016, 11:47
Sebastien Chavanal retires .Nice article in the link


https://twitter.com/sebchavanel/status/775638102291386368
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 16, 2016, 15:15
http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_100811.htm (http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_100811.htm)

#roth Grischa Janorschke stops as pro after this season.
He doesn't rule out an engagement with a smaller team though, either as part-time rider or mentor/coach/DS.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 17, 2016, 22:05
https://twitter.com/bwcycling/status/777191967767822336
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 22, 2016, 08:04
https://twitter.com/inrng/status/778850835178684416
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Not My Circus on September 22, 2016, 08:28
https://twitter.com/inrng/status/778850835178684416

Won't be quite the same without him. I'll miss that face. His days in yellow at the Tour were joyous, and his win at Yorkshire this year made me laugh and cry. Vive La Langue :cheer
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 22, 2016, 08:53
Won't be quite the same without him. I'll miss that face. His days in yellow at the Tour were joyous, and his win at Yorkshire this year made me laugh and cry. Vive La Langue :cheer

Love him or hate him - there was no middle with Tommy he was a big personality, and many riders and staff at  #direct have him to thank for the team still being around 
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Slow Rider on September 22, 2016, 10:58
23 July 2017: Party at Havett's house!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on September 26, 2016, 07:27
Boris Dron seems to retire, according to L'avenir du Luwembourg (newspaper of the Belgian province Luxembourg) .

He had zona in spring 201 and cannot get back the standard that was his before. He's had several cash, was deeply affected by the death of friend Demoitié.

However he wishes to still be busy with youngsters of the CC Chevigny, a local club in the Luxembourg province.

Teammate and other Walloon Gaetan Bille is also predicted to leave Wanty Groupe Gobert, probably for Wallonie Bruxelles, former team. 
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on September 28, 2016, 08:15
Oliver Zaugg will retire on Saturday, five years after his big win at the same place (well, more or less)

http://www.iamcycling.ch/en/il-lombardia-oliver-zaugg-the-tour-of-lombardy-will-be-my-last-race/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 28, 2016, 08:35
According to this http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/iam-cycling-prepares-for-final-race-at-il-lombardia/

Coppel is to retire as well - news to me maybe we had it already and I forgot
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on September 28, 2016, 11:45
(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/441260KAIREUSGvA20160928.png)

(Today's GvA)

Kai Reus definitively stops racing at age 31.

He's been deeply upset by Stig Broeckx and Antoine Demoitié's crashes and decided his family was more important than his sport.

Reus was a multitalent but was hit by a car while training in 2007 and spent 11 days in coma thereafter, followed by a long period of revalidation.

His season start was more than decent whereafter he was yet again demoted to ProConti team Roompot Oranje.

I still remember his win at the 2005 GP Pino Cerami. It was the first time I could see the race live and he impressively dropped Bert Dewaele in the Tienne du Dragon, while still a U23 rider and Dewaele being a good experienced rider.

(http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/112381DRIESHOLLANDERSBELANG20160928.png)

Dries Hollanders announced earlier this year that it would be his last season and that the Gooik Arrow (Gooikse Pijl) would be his last race. That was last Sunday. The organisers of the race knew about this and offered flowers at the start, which he did not expect.

Dries is a gym teacher in a sport school in Tessenderlo and coach for a few youngsters with talent. Cycling, family and work was a hard combo. He's never turned pro, had opportunities but it was always just not.

On that page of the Belang, we learn that Guy Crasset was hit by a heart attack. He is the driving force behind the Entente cycliste de Wallonie which organises a lot of races for amateurs in Wallonia. He's also a grea archivist, he's got a lot of race full results dating back from the early 20th centuries and contributed to http://memoire-du-cyclisme.eu/

May he heal soon.  :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 28, 2016, 12:17
https://twitter.com/Tomek_Bojan/status/781090143046434817
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on September 28, 2016, 12:38
https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/780866860640264192
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 07, 2016, 08:19
Nice 10 hour ride to say that is my Career done

https://twitter.com/procyclistsdata/status/784136668743884800
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 07, 2016, 15:19
Nice 10 hour ride to say that is my Career done

https://twitter.com/procyclistsdata/status/784136668743884800

https://twitter.com/Maesi_Aregger/status/784388778173591552
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 13, 2016, 06:35
#southeast Andrea dal Col talks about the reasons for his mid-season retirement at the age of 25:

Quote
(gt)

Andrea Dal Col decided to reinvent itself: farmer and not the rider. In September, did not the Italian calendar with the Wilier, his team until July. The focus was for the harvest in San Giacomo di Veglia, six hectares from which overcharged Prosecco.

The salute to the bike is bitter: "I decided to change my life, I was a little 'sick. In Italy there is no future, no longer cycling than once. It is not the world I expected. In July, I decided to stop: the team has nothing to do, I was now unmotivated and without stimuli. I had no more desire to do battle at the end of year for the renewal. "

And then life has brought other joys and responsibilities: "Now I have a family to support. On 6 August I married Jade, from a month I became Alessia's father. " Thus began a new adventure: "I like the work on the fields, I did the same path of Da Dalto (former pro ', ed). Instead of running and train, I have dedicated myself to the grape harvest. Already last year we produced 4-5mila bottles of Prosecco. To do there, we hope this year had filled even more. "

[...]

"I figured it was time to turn the page," he adds. The fear of having to suffer another winter to secure your place in the group, the finding
the difficult period of our cycling. Careful reflection and Andrea decided to say enough. Better to focus on the reality of the earth.

"Life is made of choices," he concluded the former pro '. But the Italian movement a few questions should Porsel.

http://tribunatreviso.gelocal.it/sport/2016/10/12/news/dal-col-passa-dalle-pedivelle-alle-vigne-1.14241456
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 14, 2016, 08:10
Nerz retires :(

“It is hard for me, but I have to quit my career by the end of 2016 for health reasons. It’s really a tough call, and to say goodbye to the pro scene won’t be easy for me. But after several medical investigations there is no other option. I gave it everything until the last races in Italy and also the team supported me as far as possible – I am very thankful for that – but I have to stop cycling at this point. It was an intense time in cycling where I gained experience, had some great moment and also found friendship. Now there is a new part in my life waiting and like always in cycling, I again will give it 100%.” – Dominik Nerz
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on October 22, 2016, 15:24
http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/54341/la-grande-interview-sylvain-georges

Quote from: Sylvain Georges
You can be sure I will not come back in six months or in a year!

I had two amazing seasons (with Team Pro Immo Nicolas Roux). It's a heavy heart to tell me that I no longer live this moment. Somehow, I am reassured by showing that I had the level. I have not been pro by chance.

Earlier this year, there have been accidents ... it pushed me to stop

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on October 23, 2016, 22:17
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/949211Ghyselinckkw201610211.png)
(http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/270479Ghyselinckkw201610212.png)


Article from this week’s Krant van West Vlaanderen

Jan Ghyselinck: Exit Through the Big Door and with a Satisfied Mind

On Friday 5 July 2012 Jan Ghyselinck has almost won a stage in the Tour of France in Saint-Quentin. He attacked in the final kilometer and but the peloton caught him on the uphill finish. 1557 days later on Sunday 9 October Jan Ghyselinck rode his last race. In the Worlds TTT he was instrumental in the very nice 10th place of Veranda’s Willems. Those 1557 days were days of suffering and a bit of comfort for Jan but suffering had the last word. Jan stops racing half a year before his 29th birthday after 16 years of racing including 7 of them as a pro cyclist.

As a teen Jan was a pearl in the Cycling Crown. He won the Tour of Flanders as a junior and as a U23 (Nations Cup, ahead of John Degenkolb and Sep Vanmarcke among others). Nobody did it before. Already as a junior he performed abroad, winning a stage and the GC of the Tour of Tuscany in 2005.

Cavendish & Co

The world of cycling seemed to be even more welcoming for Jan when he was contracted with HTC Columbia along with Cavendish and Tony Martin among others.

Quote
I put all my energy in the modern training methods. In Bob Stapleton’s team I raised a mountain of race wisdom. It’s a shame that they stopped after 2012 because I really opened to full bloom there, something that was absolutely not the case with my following team: Cofidis. I got stuck there because I was the lead out man for the notorious loser: Adrien Petit. Perhaps it would all have been different if I had won that stage at the Tour of France. That didn’t prevail because I was not in top form after having been selected at the very last moment. I emptied the chalice down to the bottom and still didn’t get full respect. I no longer had an interesting agenda, so that I felt bounced down. It’s self-explanatory that that did not do any good to motivation. My transfer to Wanty-Groupe Gobert felt like a liberation.

The Poly Normande
A liberated Jan Ghyselinck is capable of much more. That’s how he immediately got 5th at the Three Days of West Flanders, 10th in the 4 Days of Dunkirk and 8th in the Tour of Belgium and above all won the Polynormande, a 1.1 race. Good for a 26 year old rider but in 2015 he was demoted to lead-out man for Roy Jans instead of being promoted, the Limburg version of Adrien Petit who no longer won after Stage 1 of the Star of Bessèges. It was as though Jan was held responsible for it because Wanty decided to sack him. He has reached the bottom and opted for Veranda’s Willems as Elite w/o Contract [!!!!!]. He who thought that would have been possible 10 years before would have been anathema-ed by cycling connoisseurs. Shouldn’t Jan Ghyselinck now have been where Yves Lampaert is? It does not bother Jan that Yves has now reached the level that was expected of him
Quote
At crucial moment it wouldn’t work for me

Zinko
Life is much more than racing and even after a successful career a rider should fill in the remaining two-third of his life in a meaningful way. Jan has started to do that five years ago. He’s debuting in his father’s company Zinko (http://www.zinkodakgoten.nl), a flourishing company that is busy with any kind of roof gutters and any work in zinc and copper. Jan will enjoy it for much longer and he will be an absolute top in it. A “Fortunate Son”? Just forget it! It’ll be a strict but fair training.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 27, 2016, 07:33
https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/791485697253339138
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 31, 2016, 08:29
Brownie :win

https://twitter.com/Velorooms/status/793006663162798080

rides off into the sunset, with an elbow ouyt and head ready to smash someone  :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 31, 2016, 16:22
:(

https://twitter.com/Pelotonby/status/793055153104547841
https://twitter.com/Pelotonby/status/793057257810456578

he will return to Belarus after living in France for ~10 years
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on October 31, 2016, 17:05
Brownie and Huta

Man this day sucks
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 31, 2016, 17:08
Brownie and Huta

Man this day sucks
The end of an era.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 01, 2016, 10:38
and another one... #cannondale Phil Gaimon

Quote
"I had offers from Continental teams that were honestly for more money than I'd ever made from cycling. But I looked at all these young, fast kids, and they are me when I was 23. I could take the offer, but it would be a job for me and it would be a dream for them. It wouldn't feel right taking those spots. I don't want to be the highest paid guy on a small team. That would feel gross."

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/phil-gaimon-calls-an-end-to-his-cycling-career/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Not My Circus on November 01, 2016, 11:46
and another one... #cannondale Phil Gaimon


Another piece from his blog on VeloNews Don't call it retirement  (http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/10/rider-journal/phil-gaimon-journal-dont-call-retirement_424057)

Quote
Before I signed on for 2016, JV [Cannondale team director Jonathan Vaughters] said that part of my role would was to be an ambassador to sponsors — I’d do some races, but I also needed to be marketable, ride some gran fondos, taking that pressure off some of the team’s top riders. I enjoy that stuff, but on a 10-year mission to be a bike racer, my plan was to train my ass off so he’d want me at the races instead of photo shoots.

Quote
I talked to a few other WorldTour teams, but in most cases, if you look at the history on some of these teams, there’s a not of lot places I’d fit in. They’d never want the guy with the “CLEAN” tattoo, and I don’t really want them, either, so I didn’t cast a wide net when I sent out my resume. I targeted programs I respected, where I had friends and felt I’d fit in. I came close with Dimension Data, but no luck.
Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/10/rider-journal/phil-gaimon-journal-dont-call-retirement_424057#CBbfGuwLm7J2cWRl.99
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 01, 2016, 12:11
I am not quite sure what to think about the "wouldn't feel right taking those spots [of young riders]" part by the way. If a continental teams offers someone a reasonable big amount of money, I would guess it's not from the "normal" budget but probably some extra money coming in from the sponsors to sign a "star", which could also turn out to be valuable for the younger, unknown riders on the team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 01, 2016, 15:41
http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_101374.htm (http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_101374.htm)

#lkt / #stolting Willi Willwohl retires from cycling, entering the family restaurant instead.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 23, 2016, 09:52
http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/wilson-on-leaving-an-post-and-the-brutality-of-racing-in-belgium/ (http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/wilson-on-leaving-an-post-and-the-brutality-of-racing-in-belgium/)

#anpost Jack Wilson explains why he stopped racing and became an electrician instead. :)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 24, 2016, 13:50
http://www.thoemus.ch/radprofi-marcel-wyss-wechselt-zu-thoemus-veloshop/ (http://www.thoemus.ch/radprofi-marcel-wyss-wechselt-zu-thoemus-veloshop/)

#iam Marcel Wyss becomes "product & sales manager" at Swiss bike manufacturer Thömus.[1]
 1. yeah, me neither
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: irondan on November 26, 2016, 22:44
Peter Velits has called it a career at age 31.

BMC asked him to start looking for another team as early as last year with no takers. He had no interest in going to any lower tier teams.

Highlights: Under 23 mens RRWC, 3 times TTT world champion.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2828645 (http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2828645)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on November 29, 2016, 09:33
https://twitter.com/PelotonWatch/status/803531881970925568
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 01, 2016, 11:35
https://twitter.com/_RoadAndMud/status/804287465435594752

Mauro Fisher retires
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 01, 2016, 12:14
Tom Veelers retired due to knee injury

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CylvnrsUoAAWUeR.jpg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 02, 2016, 08:48
Alex Rasmussen *dk retires
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on December 02, 2016, 23:44
Alex Rasmussen *dk retires
The only thing I could find on Alex R is that he'll step down from Conti to Danish amateur team Frederikshøj CC:
http://cykelmagasinet.dk/alex-rasmussen-kommer-i-stald-hos-lars-seier-og-wassim
He will start his own business with cycling travel events etc., but will continue to race himself.


https://rallycycling.com/news/will-routley-retires/ (https://rallycycling.com/news/will-routley-retires/)
In other news, #rally Will Routley does retire after a long career where he won the *ca championships in 2010 and spend three years (2011-2013) in the ProConti ranks.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 09, 2016, 19:12
https://twitter.com/Bahrain_Merida/status/807254139470249984

as expected...

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After taking my time to think, and trying to come back to a working routine, I realised it is not possible for me. That's why I have taken, with the help of my family and friends, the decision of not coming back to the competition.
I would like to say thank you to all those supporters that pushed me to come back; I am honoured and you really made my decision a difficult one, but I believe it's better not to come back if I am not sure of being able to do it at the top level.

Of course, a big thank you also to the team Baharain -Merida. They believed in me, they gave me all the facilities for a return, but I realised, speaking with them, that I am not prepared physically, and mentally, for a come back at 100%. I prefer to say this now, before the start of the new season, because the riders are the protagonists. They deserve the attention.

I will work in the future for the team Baharain-Merida, trying to help and trasmit all my experience to the young riders in the team. It is a big challenge, thank you.
I hope I can continue as proud as I am with my 17 years of cycling career in my new role. Having that special feeling I have with cycling and cycling fans.
And as I said when I said good bye in the past Tour the France, Thank you to cycling, you are, and always will be, the best thing that happened in my life.

Thank you everyone
Joaquin Purito Rodriguez

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNzXbgDjvF_/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on December 09, 2016, 19:25
So he signed up for next year for as long as points might be significant for securing a WT spot, and then re-resigns when his points are no longer an issue.   

Dodgy.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 09, 2016, 19:30
yeah, as stated before, it's possible within the UCI rules though

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If one or more of the riders taken into account for the evaluation based on riders contracted for the following season leaves the team after 20 October and before the commencement of the next transfer period, the UCI WorldTeam or applicant team having satisfied the sporting criterion, in particular due to this rider or riders, shall be liable to a fine of CHF 10,000 to 500,000.

So they pay a bit of a fine and that's it. In case this even counts as "leaving the team"
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on December 09, 2016, 21:14
yeah, as stated before, it's possible within the UCI rules though

So they pay a bit of a fine and that's it. In case this even counts as "leaving the team"
Yes, it counts as leaving the team; he's not a contracted rider anymore.
Essentially #bahrain pay half a million to the UCI to be certain of a WT spot.

Meh. Bending rules like this sets a bad precedent.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 14, 2016, 10:07
#stolting Fabian Wegmann :wave

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Fabian Wegmann ready for new chapter in his cycling career

After 15 years racing in the top tiers of the sport, three-time German national champion Fabian Wegmann is set to hang up his racing wheels this winter. At the age of 36, Wegmann is now ready to take the next steps in his career in cycling, aligning himself with various projects to give back to the sport that he’s flourished in since 2002.

Highlights of the German’s career include winning the KOM jersey at the 2004 Giro d’Italia, two GP Miguel Indurain victories, racing seven Tours de France, and his three national road race titles, amongst many other victories. His final year in the sport has been spent racing with Team Stölting Service Group, where he took on the rewarding role of nurturing some of Germany’s youngest talents. From this winter, he starts the transition from rider to ambassador for new projects and challenges in cycling which will be announced in 2017. “Retirement gives me a mix of sadness and excitement as I have committed the past 15 years to the sport, but there’s a lot to look forward to from now with new goals and ambitions,” explained Wegmann from his home in Münster. “I’ve been fortunate to race some of the biggest and best races around the world and have gained a lot of experience from the sport. I’m now ready to give something back, and to put what I know into new challenges. I’d like to take this opportunity as well to thank my friends and family, as well as teammates, sponsors and the cycling media for supporting me during my racing career. I’ve spent many months and years on the road, and the support from back home has always been important to me to stay focused through the ups and downs of a racing career.” Wegmann is currently in speaking terms with several projects as he looks to inspire people and to continue to drive the sport’s resurgence in Germany.

However, he’s not hanging up his wheels completely. “One thing is for sure, I’ll still be out riding my bike! When you stop, you have to let the body wind down and cycling remains a passion for me so I’ll continue to get out on my bike. But now there’s no pressure on riding so I can enjoy my time out on the bike more.”

Wegmann started his career racing for Gerolsteiner in 2002, spending seven years with the German ProTour team before moving to another German outfit in Milram, where he spent the next two seasons. After racing the 2011 season with Leopard Trek, Wegmann moved to American team, Garmin Sharp, where he spent another three seasons racing in the WorldTour before heading to Cult Energy Pro Cycling in 2015, leading to a final year on the road with Team Stölting Service Group. Wegmann’s first victory as a professional came in Italy, at the one-day GP Citta di Rio Saliceto e Correggio in 2003, followed by a stage win and the overall – the only GC win of his career – at that season’s Sachsen Tour. The following season he raced to the climber’s jersey at his very first Grand Tour start, the 2004 Giro d’Italia, the only German to have achieved this, before lining up at his debut Tour de France two months later where he would wear the King of the Mountains jersey for one day. Another Italian victory came in the same year, at Tre Valli Varesine.

The following year he took a stage win at the Tour de Pologne, and again held the lead in the King of the Mountains competition at the Tour de France, with a memorable podium visit as the stage finished on German soil. His best monument result came in 2006, where Wegmann raced to third at Giro di Lombardia, again the only German to have achieved this, one of the most memorable results of what was a long and successful career.

Wegmann’s first senior national road race title came in 2007, having previously won the U23 title in 2001. He then successfully defended his title in 2008, going on to win the 2009 Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt in the national champion’s stripes. He won the one-day German race again in 2010, but had to wait until 2012 for his next victory, a worthwhile wait as it was his third German national road race title – his final professional victory. In total Wegmann achieved 16 professional wins on the road, racing 10 World Championships as well as one Olympic Games, in Beijing.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 15, 2016, 09:30
Matteo Tosatto hangs up the bike at 42
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on December 15, 2016, 09:54
Matteo Tosatto hangs up the bike at 42
:( :( bloody Trek
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on December 15, 2016, 14:40
https://twitter.com/velonews/status/809404550125912064
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on January 04, 2017, 20:09
#gazprom Alexander Kolobnev retires

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A few days ago I was driving on the road of Valencia to the another meeting and, following the instructions of the navigator, I found myself calculating  visually 500 meters of the road as if I were next to the finish of the race. Immediately I felt adrenaline in the blood, my pulse rose, I felt every beat of it…

It is not possible to get rid of it. These physiological changes were being formed in me for more than twenty years. Like fury I felt the wish to go back to the race and try to get to the finish again. But my common sense returned me to the reality: if you want to have an extra energy to sprint out on finish line well you should train hard, tirelessly and for a long time and be focused on the target. It is easy to achieve it in the beginning of the career, when you are a professional cyclist of more than 16 years the target often runs off.
Here is the moment.
Oleg Tinkoff has said to me recently in the chance meeting: «It’s time to prepare yourself for the real life, and the sooner you realize it all, the transition will be more maneuverable».

What cycling means for me
To understand this, you need to rewind the film of my life for 28 years back, and see me when I was 7 years old, when I was walking from one sports club to another. Up to 12 years old I chose one that defined the rest of my life. It was called «Cycling — Road». The ad with this name of the club was hanging in my school to invite children to join it.

Thanks to this club when I was a difficult teenager I escaped luckily from the accident where my oldest friend died … Thanks to trainings and racing again I separated from the company of mates who elaborated opium right at home. (It is possible to write a book about the dashing 90-s and my childhood but it is for the next time). From that time I completely focused on sports.

My first trip out of the Nizhny Novgorod region and it was the first trip outside of Russia became possible by cycling. Cycling motivated me to self-improvement.

When I first came to Italy for races in 1998, I realized that this country with its climate and relief was good for cycling. And I began learning Italian from a book very quickly to get into the San Pellegrino Cycling Team. During the period from 1998 to 2002 my fast professional growth took place, during this time I first competed in the Russian Junior Championships and then I signed my first professional contract. Further my progress was slower: I could not find much support among the professionals and had no experience of my own. In fact, there were few professionals among Russian cyclists at the time in cycling and at the end of 2006 I was ready to finish my career as I could not find a team to join…

Those who followed my success could be very surprised by the fact that my best time in sports was during the period 2007-2010. At that moment I began planning my life outside cycling…But I was picked up by Bjarne Riis. He did not have any special attitude towards me, in general there were no any special cyclists in his team. I was one of the thirty. However, impeccable and innovating teamwork itself was identifying who is who in the peloton and put everything in its place.

Then there was a transition with high hopes and strokes, falls and rises. I became stronger personally because of the difficulties in cycling.  First I had to adapt to changes in my private life and then to those that took place in cycling and it is constantly evolving. Injuries from falls and improperly distributed exercises become more frequent and more severe, and moreover the rehabilitation periods, recover from torn ligament and muscles became longer…

Very hard
All sportsmen go through a difficult career ending. All of them. The decision is inevitable. It is a torture somehow. Anyone, who says that it is a normal process which is painless, you change your life and become devoting it, for example, only for the family, is insincere.

As it turned out, it is very difficult psychologically.
The feeling that you will be just replaced by younger riders could be similar to the feeling that woman has when she realizes that she is not as young and attractive as before when she sees young and beautiful ladies passing by. The rupture with sports is comparable with the split with a darling person. I did not know it before until I heard the words of one of the physiotherapists who said that in sport psychology there is even a special branch of study dedicated to this process.

However, tough trainings and immersion in my new project at the same time, I didn’t have thoughts of the end of my career. I remember the words of Jens Voight, who finished his career a few years ago, he said: «Midlife crisis? — I do not have time for it…. » :)
I’m glad I finish my career with lots of energy. Summing up all the emotions and sensations, I can say that leaving the professional sport, I feel a great desire for self-realization in my casual life, where I will use my experience and practical knowledge.

I wish to thank all those who became my guides to the Professional Sports throughout my long career in cycling: my first coaches — Stas Shlokov, Evgeniу Krupin and Igor Lukyanov for their efforts and support at the beginning of my cycling career when I was a teenager.

I thank Rinat Latypov for picking me up to his team and bringing me to Italy!

I thank the Italian friends: Paolo, Pino, Roby, Rai, Stefano, Giovanni for helping me in my first difficult years in Italy.
I thank Bjarne Riis for believing in me, support and trust me!
I thank Igor Makarov for his attempt to restore the Russian cycling!
I thank Renat Khamidulin  for letting me try step twice into the same river !

I thank the doctors, physiologists, psychologists and personal trainers who have worked with me and helped with professional support and advice!

I thank my wife Daria for a great patience and understanding!

I thank all people whose names I did not mention, but they’re with me in my memory. I smile to you

http://kolobnev.com/blog/finish/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on January 08, 2017, 21:49
#wanty Lieuwe Westra retires from cycling with immediate effect. Sounds like he couldn't motivate himself anymore to keep going.

https://www.facebook.com/lieuwe.westra/posts/357732784604788
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on January 09, 2017, 15:26
Seems like this one has more to it than meets the eye...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/westras-retirement-announcement-sparks-confusion-and-concern/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/westras-retirement-announcement-sparks-confusion-and-concern/)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on January 09, 2017, 19:07
Well we knew from a while back he was having issues and he'd talked Autumn last year (?) about the next few months being make or break, but hopefully this is the right choice for him.

Looking at it from a purely cycling point of view you can't help but feel that his obvious talent could have ended up with a bigger and better palmares. There are several what ifs.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on January 18, 2017, 09:28
https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/821646749001543680
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 01, 2017, 10:51
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gerald-ciolek-and-linus-gerdemann-announce-retirements/ (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gerald-ciolek-and-linus-gerdemann-announce-retirements/)

#stolting Ciolek & Gerdemann have retired from pro cycling.

Ciolek's biggest moment was of course the Milano-San Remo win in 2013, while Gerdemann's claim to fame was the Tour stage win & #yellow in 2007.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on February 01, 2017, 11:46
https://twitter.com/bikecomesfirst/status/826756544620531712
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on February 01, 2017, 11:46
https://twitter.com/grahamwatson10/status/826724575677263872

edit ninja´d
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 04, 2017, 15:06
Nerz retires :(
Here's an interview (in German) with Dominik Nerz about his retirement & career:
http://www.taz.de/Radprofi-Nerz-ueber-seinen-Abschied/!5377726/ (http://www.taz.de/Radprofi-Nerz-ueber-seinen-Abschied/!5377726/)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on February 16, 2017, 20:56
Vaubourzeix painting a uncertain future for Nice. It doesn't take many views of team pictures to guess who the glutton on the team could be.

http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/56285/thomas-vaubourzeix-j-aurais-du-me-renseigner

As for him, he'll participate in some local races with his club, but that's all folks.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 16, 2017, 22:44
It doesn't take many views of team pictures to guess who the glutton on the team could be.
Don't tease us like this! Give us the pics already! :P


That aside, #nice doesn't sound like the most promising project from what he's saying. :(
This whole explosion of Kuwaiti-registered teams always looked sketchy to me, I have to say. But it's sad to see one's skepticism confirmed.

When he refers to "the one responsible for the team", does he refer to Fahad Al-Shammari, Adam Szabó, Nicolas Coudray, or Jacques Jolidon (whose son (?) is registered as a rider)? More questions than answers at this point.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 16, 2017, 22:51
When he refers to "the one responsible for the team", does he refer to Fahad Al-Shammari, Adam Szabó, Nicolas Coudray, or Jacques Jolidon (whose son (?) is registered as a rider)? More questions than answers at this point.
Checking the UCI website, #bliz Cyclesport.se-Memil have a Mr. Majed Al-Shammari as their representative. And that team's 'real' boss, Dennis Nystrand, has a certain reputation (not a particularly good one) in Swedish cycling.

Honi soit qui mal y pense ...  :shh
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on February 16, 2017, 22:52
Don't tease us like this! Give us the pics already! :P

(https://scontent-fra3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16266344_361552460867284_1810621934787891744_n.jpg?oh=b8b7e2f5b9e8f43c59fd5ee0bd986e59&oe=5932D0E7)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 16, 2017, 23:01
(https://scontent-fra3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16266344_361552460867284_1810621934787891744_n.jpg?oh=b8b7e2f5b9e8f43c59fd5ee0bd986e59&oe=5932D0E7)
As I thought. It's Jolidon jr.

*shakes head*

EDIT: Jolidon sr. used to be DS at Nippon Hodo (2002-2003) and Partizan-Powermove (2011). Not exactly the most splendid teams to have on your CV.
But Jolidon grand-sr. was a pro cyclist already, so I guess the family knows the right people to stick around seemingly forever. :S
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 17, 2017, 08:11
Here's what #nice have to say: https://www.facebook.com/niceprocyclingteam/posts/386977611671588 (https://www.facebook.com/niceprocyclingteam/posts/386977611671588)

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The Nice CyclingTeam announces that it was decided last Monday at the return of Morrocco to separate their way with the french riders Vaubourzeix and Pulidori due to imcompability to work together.
Both riders refuse to wear the kit of the team during the all stay at the Morroccan races, and they had a permanent disrespect of the team staff, riders and sponsors.
Nevertheless, we wish these two individuals riders the best for the future.
All riders and staff are now focusing of the real beginning of our season with our training camp with some racing in Rhodos, Greece from March 3.
Refused to wear team kit. Huh. They were in the races - Vaubourzeix even won one!
I don't think any UCI commissaire would allow a rider to race if he's not wearing the kit of a participating team (and his startnumber).
Hell, we even have photographic evidence of Vaubourzeix on the Trophée Princier podium:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4Ot1vHWcAASm7o.jpg)

So this has to be about not wearing the team's "casual" clothing off-bike. I have to say, if the team weren't honouring their promises on travel costs etc., I don't see why the riders (who paid to race out of their own pockets) should wear team clothing. If they're not paying for travel costs (who knows if accommodation was provided by the organiser or had to be paid by teams - and subsequently riders - as well), all the team were doing was the paperwork of entering a race and getting startnumbers. And that you really don't need a Conti team for; any group of people with an e-mail account can do that.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on April 04, 2017, 17:44
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/imanol-estevez-deja-el-ciclismo-profesional-por-motivos-personales-04-04-2017

#murias Imanol Estevez

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I am writing this to announce my retirement from cycling. Today is not a sad day for me, quite the opposite. The reason I left him so early is because I have not been enjoying what I was doing for a long time, nor did I have any illusions about my work. The time has come to put an end to a stage of which I feel very proud to have lived and from which I take some values ​​that I could not have acquired anywhere else, unforgettable experiences and above all great people who are already Friends for life I also want to thank those who have always been there supporting me in the good and bad moments.

I start a new and exciting stage in my life, something that has always been in my head that is aviation, from which I have acquired a lot of knowledge in an amateur way and now I am acquiring them to be able to dedicate myself professionally to it.

Many thanks again to everyone for every moment lived in the world of two wheels.

Adios :wave

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on April 05, 2017, 19:51
http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/imanol-estevez-deja-el-ciclismo-profesional-por-motivos-personales-04-04-2017

#murias Imanol Estevez

Adios :wave
Sounds like the right decision. All the best for the future! :hi
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on April 20, 2017, 10:49
https://twitter.com/ONEProCycling/status/854995016783204352
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: just some guy on May 12, 2017, 09:03
Amets  :(

https://twitter.com/AS_Ciclismo/status/862940443801133056
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on May 19, 2017, 08:22
https://www.teamlottojumbo.com/cycling-news/jurgen-van-den-broeck-quits-cycling-after-this-season
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on May 19, 2017, 17:41
https://www.teamlottojumbo.com/cycling-news/jurgen-van-den-broeck-quits-cycling-after-this-season

I tempted to say, why not just call it quits after the Giro?

Het Nieuwsblad says the Worlds TTT is a final target, but is the motivation there? He's also suffering from a "third ball" so that could hasten the retirement.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on May 19, 2017, 22:23
Worlds TTT

motivation
:lol :lol :lol
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on July 09, 2017, 08:32
http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/worldtour/movistar-domani-malori-annuncia-ritiro/

Malori to announce his retirement on the first rest day?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on July 17, 2017, 14:31
http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/ciclomercato/trek-segafredo-zubeldia-si-ritirera-la-clasica-san-sebastian/

Adios Haimar.

:wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Servais Knavendish on August 07, 2017, 17:37
Farewell Bertie ... How will you be judged in a decades time I wonder...
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on August 07, 2017, 18:44


Adios Haimar.

:wave
Farewell Bertie ... How will you be judged in a decades time I wonder...
Que le via bien.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Flo on August 07, 2017, 19:33
Farewell Bertie ... How will you be judged in a decades time I wonder...
I am gutted... I can't believe it, only 21 more race days for him
I can't shake the feeling he didn't want to retire but couldn't reach an agreement with Trek :(
Cycling won't be the same without him for me :(
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on August 07, 2017, 20:02
As I came to know you in recent years, I'm sure you can enjoy it without him, Fleur. For every champion, there's a time to come and a time to go but cycling remains. :cool And you've got other favourites, don't you (not to the same extent, I know, but you've got some, err I mean quite a lot of them, even).  ;)

(sincere post.:hug)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 07, 2017, 20:24
Let's not forget Fabrice and Jesus.

https://twitter.com/FabJeandesboz/status/894586622418731008

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on August 08, 2017, 12:54
And Arnold Jeanneson:
http://cyclingpro.net/velopro/mercato/arnold-jeannesson-va-prendre-retraite/ (http://cyclingpro.net/velopro/mercato/arnold-jeannesson-va-prendre-retraite/)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: cj2002 on August 11, 2017, 16:37
https://twitter.com/helenadias_/status/896029391779766273

Rui Sousa #boavista - the inventor of cycling in Portugal - has decided to retire after nearly 2 centuries on the road as a professional.

The 41-year old has won 5 stages of the Volta a Portugal - most recently, yesterday - and finished on the podium for 4 consecutive years between 2011 and 2014. He's had less success in recent years and - despite his repeated efforts - looks likely to end his career without ever taking the overall title.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: killswitch on September 05, 2017, 18:20
https://twitter.com/andrewtalansky/status/905112956966387712
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 05, 2017, 19:52
And another retirement, this one somewhat more expected:
http://cykelmagasinet.dk/dansk-cyklings-grand-old-man-takker-af (http://cykelmagasinet.dk/dansk-cyklings-grand-old-man-takker-af)
#veloconcept Michael Reihs takes his last curtain call after a 17-year-long pro career.
He's been a valuable road captain for several years and had a significant influence on the careers of a.o. Rasmus Guldhammer, Magnus Cort, Mads Pedersen, Alexander Kamp, Niklas Eg.

Now that he's no longer a rider himself, Reihs will take on a role in the Riis/Seier network behind the team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 08, 2017, 19:35
http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/ciclomercato/wilier-selle-italia-fedi-lascia-ciclismo/

#wilier Andrea Fedi

Looked a prospect, but zero race days in 2017 tells it's own story.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 10, 2017, 21:44
https://twitter.com/GPCQM/status/906893713938505729

#didata Tyler Farrarar
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: t-72 on September 11, 2017, 20:37
#joker Adrian Aas Stien retires

Who?

The guy from Joker's succesful 2015 vintage that didn't quite make it into WT, despite good results in Tour de Bretagne, Tour de Normandie and quite a few other races and generally being part of maybe the best conti team in Norway since Boasson-Hagen + Kristoff days....in 7 years.

I post it here for its insight into what causes a young rider to retire. In Norwegian so I know not everyone can read it (maybe google translate can?) #joker is one of cyclings major talent factories (his team picture from two years ago now count a lot of WT riders  (well, prove me wrong after the worlds..) but not everyone can take the step up to Pro-Conti or WT level. In a larger picture, that's life, but for an individual, his perspective:

https://aastien.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/mitt-siste-sykkelritt/


Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 14, 2017, 12:35
An interesting interview with Farrar about his career, his decision to retire from cycling, and what he plans to do now:
http://pelotonmagazine.com/racing/farrars-farewell/ (http://pelotonmagazine.com/racing/farrars-farewell/)

Will we have Fire Fighter Farrar in the future? :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 26, 2017, 10:37
http://cyclingpro.net/velopro/mercato/jens-wallays-quitte-peloton-professionnel/ (http://cyclingpro.net/velopro/mercato/jens-wallays-quitte-peloton-professionnel/)

Jens Wallays didn't get a new contract with #vlaanderen and therefore ends his career.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 27, 2017, 10:56
http://www.procycling.no/vet-tar-frisk/ (http://www.procycling.no/vet-tar-frisk/)

#coop Fredrik Strand Galta also retires from active cycling, at age 24.
He had some sort of virus last autumn and still was made to race Hainan (and the following *cn races). He's not sure that this is what 'broke his wind', but he's thought about it a lot.
He moved to #coop for this season, was forbidden to do long training rides by his coach (Kristoff's stepfather Stein Ørn), got sick at the early season races in Portugal, but felt alright again ahead of the Ringerike GP.
There he crashed and was then crashed into by the following group, leading to a neck injury that took a long time to recover from. And even when the neck was alright again, he couldn't train since May because he would become ill after three sessions.

Galta doesn't know exactly what he'll do now. He's looking at studies and universities, but that won't start until next autumn (too late for this year).
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on October 07, 2017, 11:20
It's a one-month old news but Christophe Prémont stopped his career at age 27.

http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/61188/christophe-premont-dit-stop

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I've decided to put an end to my cycling career sooner than expected following the offer of a dream job at the Louvain-La-Neuve University. I have never been a great champion but had a lot of fun to race and help real champions winning races.

He said on his Facebook.

Christophe Prémont is a former rider of Lotto-Bodysol, Wallonie-Bruxelles and Crelan-Euphony, had spent six seasons in Conti teams and two in Pro Conti Teams.

In 2015 he won a stage at the Tour of Friuli Venezia Giulia and some TTT's. He has a degree in Physical education and that's why he is also a trainer.

Lire la suite : http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/61188/christophe-premont-dit-stop

Christophe Prémont at the start of the final stage of the 2013 Tour of Wallonia in Soignies (pics by yours truly  ;))

(http://zupimages.net/up/17/40/1opu.jpg)(http://zupimages.net/up/17/40/3a2b.jpg)(http://zupimages.net/up/17/40/o4w0.jpg)

Riders of this era really have a lot of other opportunities. Chris' examples is a testament of that.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Not My Circus on October 07, 2017, 16:31
Couple of French ones...

 #direct Fabrice Jeandesboz 'Fafa'
https://twitter.com/blaisou85/status/916682743299309569

 #fdj Cedric Pineau 'Titi'
https://twitter.com/EquipeFDJ/status/915965611926278149
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2017, 19:02
Gianni Meersman has found a new role:
http://marlux-napoleongames.be/nieuws/teamnieuws/gianni-meersman-start-vandaag-als-onze-nieuwe-ploegleider-249/ (http://marlux-napoleongames.be/nieuws/teamnieuws/gianni-meersman-start-vandaag-als-onze-nieuwe-ploegleider-249/)
He'll be sports director at #marlux Marlux-Napoleon Games. :cool
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 18, 2017, 08:12
#katusha Angel Vicioso

http://www.marca.com/ciclismo/2017/10/16/59e4c62d22601da2198b45f1.html

#wanty Frederik Veuchelen

http://wanty-groupegobert.be/en/content/fre-veuchelen-closes-beautiful-14-year-career-putte-kapellen

:wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on October 18, 2017, 09:08
Shame for Frederik Veuchelen. Before the Grape Race (Druivenkoers) he was already considering putting an end to his career because physically exhausted but said that mentally he still enjoyed it a lot. However at age 39, it's about time.  ;)

http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=8714.0
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on October 25, 2017, 13:43
Cycling Fever, PCS and others have Megias down for retirement, but I can't find anything official about it. Both him and Verschoor retiring at the same time would be a big loss of experience.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on October 26, 2017, 07:18
Both him and Verschoor retiring at the same time would be a big loss of experience.
Experience, yes - but just as much (if not more), ability.
Who else is there on #novonordisk who is capable of anything more than a 84th place?
Peron & Planet, maybe Lozano, Henttala & Poli, plus, in time, Brand and Valognes.
The rest is just not competitive.

It's great that they're racing professionally in spite of their diabetes ... but in some cases, I can't escape the feeling that they're in fact racing professionally because of their diabetes - they wouldn't have secured a spot on any other team.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Not My Circus on October 26, 2017, 14:17
Pro with  #ag2r since 2005 Christophe Riblon

5 pro wins including 2 x TDF stages (2010 @ Ax 3 Domaines. 2013 @ Alpe d'Huez, the year he stood on the second step of the podium)

https://twitter.com/philippepriser/status/923537000900321281

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At some point, you have to know how to turn the page. I arrived at the end of this adventure. I hoped to continue but inside me, I knew it was over from the moment that AG2R let me know that I was not kept last June. I had contacts with other teams but without real proposals. In early September, I still asked Vincent Lavenu (AG2R General Manager) if he did not want to change his mind, but he clearly told me that there was no room for me . This is a decision I accept without bitterness, which I fully understand. I had to go through the head to say '' I stop ''
© Le Télégrammehttp://www.letelegramme.fr/cyclisme/ag2r-la-mondiale-christophe-riblon-raccroche-26-10-2017-11717543.php#FGiUCDUdWWK5TYqu.99

BRAVO Christophe

:wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 02, 2017, 10:56
the end of an era

https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/925779806679117824
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on November 02, 2017, 11:57
You may ridicule me if you want but with that news I've just discovered that he was still active.  :o :D

(sorry  :angel)

Edit: oh I remember that he won the Tachira in 2015, though in January 2015. It seems ages ago.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 02, 2017, 12:59
You may ridicule me if you want but with that news I've just discovered that he was still active.  :o :D
This year he's only done the Vuelta al Táchira, and in 2016 he added the Panamerican championships & Vuelta a Colombia to that.
Decide for yourself how 'active' that is. ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 16, 2017, 08:13
Il Piccolo Principe #fantini Damiano Cunego will retire midway during the 2018 season to focus on his studies. He hopes to be able to do a last Giro and retire afterwards - but his adventure could also end with the Tour of Japan instead

http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/nippo-vini-fantini-cunego-sta-arrivando-momento-smettere-vorrei-farlo-al-giro-cominciato/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on November 20, 2017, 10:31
https://twitter.com/AquaBlueSport/status/932552083814928384

Adios Lars. :wave

(Howard switches to track)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: t-72 on November 20, 2017, 22:24
Lars Petter's career is summed up in retrospect by procycling.no (http://www.procycling.no/jeg-er-stolt-over-det-jeg-har-fatt-til/ :S).

I don't think this is a big deal for #aquablue. As "Lappe" never was in a position to really contribute on that team, due to illness, it is rather money saved on wages for them. Aquablue have quite a few riders with comparable talents, and he will not leave a big hole in their lineup (althoug maybe not the one who can podium in L-B-L on a good day).

The team that will get a hole in the lineup from this is *no. Lars Petter was the default choice for Norway captain in the upcoming World Championships in Innsbruck. The Rio olympics showed quite well that without an ace climber Norway might as well go for yodel training in the Alps come september, it won't make a big difference in the results. In the world championships in Firenze in 2013, Lappe was keeping up appearances until going down with Vincenzo Nibali on one of the last laps. And then he couldn't ..ahem... get back to the front like Nibali could. In Innsbruck, and in his best shape, he would have been a top 10 contender.

This leaves us with only the Odd Viking as a credible contestant for the world championships (unless CF HAgen should take a step up as well). If I wasn't already rooting for him - I will be yodeling his name come September  :lol

I will remember Lars Petter Nordhaug best for his attacking style. I mean not that he was a very attacking rider, but what he did when he did attack. I gave him the nickname "Captain Obvious" because only Fabio Aru can rival his body language - it looks like a  drawing of cycling from a Tintin album - like a caricature, something overdone:  "HERE I COME, OUTTA MY WAY Y'ALL!"
And that made him fun to watch, at least in some races!

Tusen Takk Lappe! :wave

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on November 23, 2017, 11:35
The team that will get a hole in the lineup from this is *no. Lars Petter was the default choice for Norway captain in the upcoming World Championships in Innsbruck. The Rio olympics showed quite well that without an ace climber Norway might as well go for yodel training in the Alps come september, it won't make a big difference in the results. In the world championships in Firenze in 2013, Lappe was keeping up appearances until going down with Vincenzo Nibali on one of the last laps. And then he couldn't ..ahem... get back to the front like Nibali could. In Innsbruck, and in his best shape, he would have been a top 10 contender.

Even at his best (which was 5 years ago?) I think a top-ten would be overly optimistic for Nordhaug. It just looks too tough a course.

I'd be pinning my hopes on awful weather or Foss in the U23.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: zinoviev letter on November 23, 2017, 17:07
Nordhaug and Howard were the two mystery underperformers on an overperforming team this year. At least it's now clear what was up with Nordhaug. Even as a passenger in sporting terms, his relatively high profile was probably important in getting Aquablue into races like Flèche and LBL. It's sad to see a rider pushed into retirement by illness.

I'm still not really clear what was up with Howard. He was never a world beater but does usually produce a couple of wins. This year he was completely anonymous. Maybe his heart just wasn't in it anymore.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: t-72 on November 25, 2017, 14:09
Even at his best (which was 5 years ago?) I think a top-ten would be overly optimistic for Nordhaug. It just looks too tough a course.

I'd be pinning my hopes on awful weather or Foss in the U23.

Top-ten was definetly within reach in Firenze world championship.

About those tough courses, both the Rio olympics and the Bergen worlds showed that first you need to stand the distance, then you need to hang on over the climbs, stick the turns on the downhill, but to win,  you also need to finish fast.

Perhaps it sounds strange that I include the Bergen world championships in this, but yes: In Norway we always discuss Edvald Boasson Hagen vs Aleksander Kristoff. Before the Bergen Worlds the conclusion was already reached: this race was for Edvald, because the Salmon hill umpteen times would break Kristoff. Pre race press coverage in Norway focused exclusively on EBH as "our man" for this kind of course. However, he's got one weakness: the distance. Edvald has delivered a couple of spectucular performances where he fades away at the very last challenge, with nothing left to ride with. Remember when he practically stopped on the entrance to the velodrome in Roubaix? That was the most typical EBH failure - and in Bergen he basically did it again, dropping on the last lap up Salmon hill after an attempt at following Alaphilippe on the attack. This, once again, thaught Norwegians that first, you got to stand the distance. While Edvald struggles with that, Kristoff would be my default pick for any race >400 km just as Quintana normally looks like he wiill excel in the fourth week of grand tours. Even Norwegian media commented afterwards that they need to remind themselves more often that when distance matters, Kristoff must never be forgotten - even on a course made for EBH.

Lars Petter, in the past 5 years or so our third force, often forgotten in the media hype surrounding EBH and Kristoff,  did not have an obvious problem with long distances and he was also above average on the downhills. He doesn't climb like Chris Froome,  but he also knows how to make the finish line in a one-day race, something Froome isn't capable of. If "Lappe" kept racing, and managed to leave his health issues behind. he would be the default pick for *no Norway captain in Innsbruck. He would probably get a large team without much climbing strengh to support him, but then again this seems to matter less in worlds (if you don't consider Sagan as racing for Checkoslovakia (this was a roadside joke in Bergen ,as it looked much like the Checs controlled the race for the Slovaks). My hopes wouldn't be high, I probably wouldn't travel to Innsbruck to watch it   - it sorta would surprise me with a podium,  but the top-10 would be within reach.
Of the Norwegians, only an improved #wanty Odd Christian Eiking is within firing distance for a result of that order (still young he might actually improve significantly).

Remember the special Nordic irony: we (the Norwegians) are the "mountain monkeys" that can't climb, even if we just need to step out of the door to start climbing - it is normally left to the Danes to take care of that activity.  *dk Jakob Fuglsang is clearly the Nordic rider that can podium in Innsbruck. Perhaps we should do like the central Europeans and start the race controlling it as Denmark-Norway  :D
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 25, 2017, 14:39
This, once again, thaught Norwegians that first, you got to stand the distance. While Edvald struggles with that, Kristoff would be my default pick for any race >400 km just as Quintana normally looks like he wiill excel in the fourth week of grand tours. Even Norwegian media commented afterwards that they need to remind themselves more often that when distance matters, Kristoff must never be forgotten - even on a course made for EBH.
You know, if I were the #teamno DS, I'd pick Kristoff for Innsbruck (unless he was hanging onto life by a thread) and make him at least co-leader. He simply gets better with every kilometre; and a world championship race is always one of the longest races of the year.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on December 09, 2017, 09:57
https://twitter.com/TeamSunweb/status/939428571256360962

JimmyTheCuckoo will be distraught.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 22, 2017, 08:23
:wave

#gm Antonino Parrinello

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(gt)

"I would have liked to continue in a professional, but I have not received valid offers. I would have stayed in a Continental only if GM Europe Sheep continued the business. I found myself really well among the ranks of President Marchesani's team. In September, however, the refusal of a Professional team that defined me as too old (29 years old in October) edged me to make the decision to stop ".

http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/ciclomercato-parrinello-saluta-gruppo-non-ricevuto-offerte-valide/


#roth Valentin Baillifard

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(gt)

"After 36 wins in all categories, it's time to put an end to my small sports career. Thank you all for your support throughout these beautiful years!"

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc-Q1qIlUn3/


a bit of a shame. Both promising cyclists, and still young (29 and 23)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on December 22, 2017, 10:13
:wave

#gm Antonino Parrinello
#roth Valentin Baillifard

a bit of a shame. Both promising cyclists, and still young (29 and 23)
This shows that you can do everything right, have good results, and still lose out. The element of luck in pro cycling can hardly be overstated.
Even sadder since they're two Sibiu riders.

Good luck for the future, Antonino & Valentin! :hi
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on December 30, 2017, 09:53
https://twitter.com/Auber93Cyclisme/status/947037838629056512

Flavien retires after his most successful season. If he didn't get a pro-contract after that, then he probably was never going to get one. He's off to join the family business.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 30, 2017, 21:40
also #sangemini Manuel Bongiorno retires from cycling, at age 27. He was running without a salary in 2017 but can't afford to go on like this

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A contact with a great team seemed to be able to change the fate of Bongio's career, but for technical choices the possibility of an interesting engagement did not come to fruition. "In now I'm just so sorry. I feel like I can run another 15 years, but I have to deal with reality. There are no longer the conditions to go on, I have to take my responsibilities. I do not run for the money, but I can not spend my savings to compete. I have to think about my private life and my future. In the last few seasons I have put aside my dignity, starting again without economic gratification is not easy or even right. Quitting is a tough decision, it's like you're grieving. Anyone who knows me knows what the bike is for me. It is not just a job, but a religion to be professed with dedication and love. Cycling is the most beautiful world there is, but I can not feel the flame anymore. It makes me strange to imagine myself in another area, to think of a life without a bicycle seems to me absurd ".

http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/2017/12/30/107768/intervista-francesco-manuel-bongiorno-ciclismo-fine-carriera-tuttobiciweb
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Jimmythecuckoo on January 04, 2018, 10:26
https://twitter.com/TeamSunweb/status/939428571256360962

JimmyTheCuckoo will be distraught.

I have had some time to process the news and yes I am distraught.

From the 2009 Tour when my family shared a mountain side with his, I have followed his career with great interest.

There have been a couple of times he has been close to moving out of the shadows with a big win.

The chance to win a Giro mountain stage the closest.

He will be missed in this corner of the Cambridgeshire fens, that is for sure.

Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on February 26, 2018, 16:34
another (former) #sunweb Sunweb rider retired at the end of January: Ruben Zepuntke

http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/duesseldorf/duesseldorfer-tour-hoffnung-beendet-ihre-karriere-aid-1.7358363
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on February 26, 2018, 17:49
another (former) #sunweb Sunweb rider retired at the end of January: Ruben Zepuntke
Development Team Sunweb, that is. So contrary to what's suggested in the article, he never had a chance of making the Tour team last year. :-x

Another reminder that you need more than talent or even hard work to 'make' it in pro cycling - there's a big amount of luck involved too.

All the best for his future endeavours!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on April 14, 2018, 22:25
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/65456/julien-loubet-raccroche

Loubet retires without turning a pedal in anger for Euskadi - Murias. "Family conditions" is the reason.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on April 21, 2018, 09:32
Il Piccolo Principe #fantini Damiano Cunego will retire midway during the 2018 season to focus on his studies. He hopes to be able to do a last Giro and retire afterwards - but his adventure could also end with the Tour of Japan instead

http://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/nippo-vini-fantini-cunego-sta-arrivando-momento-smettere-vorrei-farlo-al-giro-cominciato/

The Italian Championship in June will now be the final race, after Tour de Suisse and Tour of Japan

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbSuLljW0AAftn7.jpg)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on June 24, 2018, 19:11
https://twitter.com/BORAhansgrohe/status/1010938731673673728
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on June 26, 2018, 17:36
https://twitter.com/AquaBlueSport/status/1011612541972336640

Will AquaBlue have to hire another permanent rider to get back up to 16 or are the UCI flexible about that kinda thing?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on June 26, 2018, 17:40
Matt Brammeier... best known for winning the beer competition in the Ronde?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on June 26, 2018, 17:42
.... and a spectacular crash.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on June 26, 2018, 17:47
https://twitter.com/AquaBlueSport/status/1011612541972336640

Will AquaBlue have to hire another permanent rider to get back up to 16 or are the UCI flexible about that kinda thing?

I imagine although announcing his retirement if he stays registered with the team it would still be ok to meet the minimum rider requirement
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: pastronef on June 26, 2018, 18:10
Matt Brammeier... best known for winning the beer competition in the Ronde?

and 4 Irish road nat champs in a row.
10 years as a pro, a comeback from a terrible crash, great teammate.
cheers Matt, good luck for the future
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on June 26, 2018, 19:05
I imagine although announcing his retirement if he stays registered with the team it would still be ok to meet the minimum rider requirement
Yes, this ought to be enough.
Or they could always give their DS Martyn Irvine a contract as a rider. Again. :lol
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on July 08, 2018, 16:06
and 4 Irish road nat champs in a row.
10 years as a pro, a comeback from a terrible crash, great teammate.
cheers Matt, good luck for the future
Want he complaining about Nibali in that cancelled Giro stage?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on August 07, 2018, 17:22
I am VERY surprised to be the first one to bring this news to the board:

Gerrans to retire. I haven't always cheered for you, but chapeau on a great career.

https://www.velonews.com/2018/08/news/simon-gerrans-to-retire-at-seasons-end_474089
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 19, 2018, 20:21
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1031252308091432961

Drumbo will be distraught......not.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on September 05, 2018, 09:36
Not retired just yet but #wanty honcho Hilaire Van der Schueren is one of two Belgian DSs facing down the extraordinary possibility of forced retirement, at least in his fairly narrow definition of the role.

Once he turns 70, the veteran will no longer be allowed to drive a team car according to national law but, recognising that it would make his job impossible, he reckons that he's not about to give up the hot seat to a colleague.

"I'm not going to accept it," he says. "It's my decision whether or not I should still be in the car. My colleague at Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise Walter Planckaert is in the same boat. He's applied to the government for exceptional status. I hope something will come of it and that common sense will prevail. I'm too passionate to give up now. I'm not ready for retirement."

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/68983/hilaire-van-der-schueren-trop-passionne-pour-arreter (FR)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: M Gee on September 05, 2018, 13:19
Not retired just yet but #wanty honcho Hilaire Van der Schueren is one of two Belgian DSs facing down the extraordinary possibility of forced retirement, at least in his fairly narrow definition of the role.

Once he turns 70, the veteran will no longer be allowed to drive a team car according to national law  . . .

Does Belgian national law prohibit everyone from driving after reaching age 70? Or is it just professional drivers?
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 06, 2018, 06:12
Not retired just yet but #wanty honcho Hilaire Van der Schueren is one of two Belgian DSs facing down the extraordinary possibility of forced retirement, at least in his fairly narrow definition of the role.

Once he turns 70, the veteran will no longer be allowed to drive a team car according to national law but, recognising that it would make his job impossible, he reckons that he's not about to give up the hot seat to a colleague.
Get someone else to drive the car and sit in the passenger seat, Hilaire!
Savio or Riis never drive the car themselves. They have people for that. ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: L'arri on September 06, 2018, 14:45
Does Belgian national law prohibit everyone from driving after reaching age 70? Or is it just professional drivers?

An update on this: the max 70 years old for drivers is applied by section 2.2.035 B of the Belgian National Cycling Federation's own rules. This is an addendum to the UCI's own rules, which do not specify any such provision. A court hearing would need to be convened to overrule this.

Get someone else to drive the car and sit in the passenger seat, Hilaire!
Savio or Riis never drive the car themselves. They have people for that. ;)

This is a good point but again, the rules state that only one DS is allowed per car, which means that anyone else in it must not occupy that role. If HVDS currently operates as DS, he will no longer be allowed to do so:

"Team cars shall carry a sports director who holds the appropriate licence, who shall be responsible for the vehicle. For vehicles of teams registered with the UCI, this sports director shall also be registered as such with the UCI."

Furthermore this is the only individual officially allowed to drive, pass food and equipment and talk to riders. A single mechanic is also allowed.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 06, 2018, 19:45
Furthermore this is the only individual officially allowed to drive, pass food and equipment and talk to riders. A single mechanic is also allowed.
Officially being the key word here. :lol
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on September 07, 2018, 14:49
So the rules insist that there i somebody who breaks whatever the Belgian equivalent to driving with due care and attention laws is?

At risk of going off topic in a retirement thread, I have always thought it crazy that there is not one person driving and another directing operations in terms of the riders, handing out food and jackets, looking at race situation etc.  If a 1.5 tonne car is travelling next to a bunch of cyclists at 45 km/h, I'd prefer the driver to be looking at the road.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: rote_laterne on September 08, 2018, 10:34
So the rules insist that there i somebody who breaks whatever the Belgian equivalent to driving with due care and attention laws is?

At risk of going off topic in a retirement thread, I have always thought it crazy that there is not one person driving and another directing operations in terms of the riders, handing out food and jackets, looking at race situation etc.  If a 1.5 tonne car is travelling next to a bunch of cyclists at 45 km/h, I'd prefer the driver to be looking at the road.

This.

But I'm not sure the normal laws for driving a car apply to sporting events. Tort laws for grosslly negligent acts might be applicable.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on September 08, 2018, 17:56
I'm not sure the normal laws for driving a car apply to sporting events.
Some teams have (more expensive) car insurance for sporting events on closed roads.
Other teams don't.

This suggests that you may be allowed to do things on closed roads that you couldn't do otherwise.
On the other hand, at British races, police is apparently very uncompromising on some specifically British traffic laws.

 :S
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on September 18, 2018, 08:32
https://twitter.com/procyclingno/status/1041944376107315200

Adios Truls.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: t-72 on September 18, 2018, 19:27
 :TT :TT :TT

One of my favorite riders!

Best moment: 2016 World Championship Road Race in Doha, Quatar. He made it into the first group and kept it rolling all the way to the finish line. IF ONLY   :omg Edvald Boasson Hagen could have done his part, Sagan wouldn't have 3 rainbows in his closet by now. This was however, not the fault of the young conti team rider that no-one knew until he suddenly was right there in the final with Boonen, Sagan, Matthews, Cavendish - all the great riders,  read this list and understand:
(https://i.imgur.com/7hJ57Ry.png)

The year before he was a late addition to the Norwegian U23 team in Richmond (coming back from some injury if I recall) and he got the team's best results there. He also won the Norwegian TTT championship with #unox / #cofidis Anders Skaarseth ("for the rest of the race we just put Truls in front with the 55's and tried to follow as good as we could")

He also has some good results in the national gravel classic Birkebeineren, as in I think he acually won it one year, but he at least got a 2nd place, when he was only 18. He is also famous for crashes in Gylne Gutuer, as it happens, when it is caught on film like this:
(https://i.imgur.com/uEwJZ1u.jpg)
This sector was afterwards named Truls Korsæths corner, and that I guess is the way he will be remembered, ironically :(  His stellar breakaway ride for #astana in the slightly harder contested Strade Bianche 2017 (he lasted deep into the final) may quickly be forgotten.

Thanks, and good luck, Truls!



Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on October 05, 2018, 19:37
https://twitter.com/VitalConcept_CC/status/1048277758957277184

Tanguy Turgis has to retire at only 20.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on October 17, 2018, 11:03
#trek Laurent Didier retires after next weekend's Japan Cup

https://www.wort.lu/de/sport/didier-beendet-karriere-5bc6c458182b657ad3b961a9
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Echoes on October 17, 2018, 22:57
I feel so sad for Tanguy. I started following him when he was aged 15 in the novice category which the French call "cadets". He had started racing at age 5 and iconised Philippe Gilbert in his Française des Jeux years.In the novices he was already way ahead of his time beating riders way older than him in cyclocross, which he loved so much more than road. Later in 2016 as I started following the late Michael Goolaerts, I noted that in a race that Michael won as a U23 rider, Tanguy was 4th, while still ... a junior rider. Now both had heart problems. Goolaerts passed away of cardiac arrest and Tanguy has had to retire for heart malfunction. Tanguy is the youngest post-war Paris-Roubaix finisher on a doomed edition when Michael is first rider to pass away on the said race.  :(

https://www.ouest-france.fr/sport/cyclisme/vital-concept/cyclisme-jerome-pineau-un-gamin-qui-brise-son-reve-6012785

"A Kid Whose Dream has been Broken", Says Pineau


"It's been a disaster for him but it's a real privilege that it has been detected on time and not to face a tragedy" relativise Jérôme Pineau, the Vital Concept manager.

His friend and teammate Justin Mottier of the Mayenne learned it from his boss:
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I'm really baffled, thought it was hard. He was at the very start of his career. He was barely 20. He's probably the most promising rider in the team and cycling is all his life. He lives cycling, he eats cycling, he breathes cycling, he sleeps cycling. He's the boy I know who is most talking about cycling.

When not on a race, Tanguy is watching a cycling video tape (says the author of the article, I find it unusual that he still uses video tapes in the 21st century, lol).

Next year, Jimmy Turgis, the elder of the family, was to join Vital Concept and Tanguy was looking forward to wearing the same jersey.

Jérôme Pineau
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He will bounce back very soon because he's scrappy. When he gets into something again, he'll do it all out. He's also the most passionate of all my riders, so it will be harder for him to accept. Besides losing all his dreams he's also worrying about his future because he could not consider retraining so fast.

Jérôme Mottier:
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I don't know if it will be as DS but he will stay in cycling. I can see him as a TV commentator because he's very knowledgeable about the riders and cycling's history.

Pineau agrees:
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In the years to come, I still see him in the cycling sport. We will back his retraining. Why not with us.

I'm not surprise that Tanguy is knowledgeable about cycling history because on http://www.memoire-du-cyclisme.eu/ one of the most active article poster is a certain Dominique Turgis. I guess they must be related. When I first learned about the Turgis brothers, I straight related them to that poster. That's why I felt so much sympathy for them.  :)

Here below was my first post about the brothers, 6 January 2014. So nice memories!  :)
http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=3476.msg115736#msg115736





Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on November 12, 2018, 08:53
#nippo Alan Marangoni retired on Sunday, after 10 years in the pro peloton - and he did so in the best possible way: with his first win as a pro :D

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Drtg-ayW4AA16l4.jpg)



“It was the perfect day I have always looked for in my career and I found it today”. With these words full of emotions Alan Marangoni comments the victory just reached in Japan during the last race of his immense career. “I took the risk of attacking in the last kilometers because I wanted to play all the cards to reach this goal, chased several times during my career. Cutting the final line first and winning on a day that was already special for me, was an emotion of an indescribable power. It was a month of sacrifice far from home, but I wanted to close in the best way my career. A fairytale ending that I have dreamed of many times and that today has become a reality.

I wanted to thank my teammates and all the staff who supported me in this final season and that allowed me to reach this goal. Now it’s time to come back, because a new adventure awaits me in a world, that of cycling, which I feel like never before. “


http://www.nippovinifantini.com/newsite/nippo-vini-fantini-europa-ovini-alan-marangoni-trionfa-al-tour-de-okinawa/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on November 27, 2018, 08:55
Slán agus dea-ádh

https://twitter.com/PhilipDeignan/status/1067331382333112320
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on November 27, 2018, 10:34
Slán agus dea-ádh

[Deignan retirement tweet]
Time to take over diaper duties from Lizzie. ;)
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on December 18, 2018, 09:07
Pippo retires :cry

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrhX8TIBG-4/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on December 18, 2018, 09:58
Pippo retires :cry

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrhX8TIBG-4/
It's the end of an era! :o
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 13, 2019, 08:09
Moreno Moser has announced his retirement aged 28 saying he's not competitive any more.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: LukasCPH on May 13, 2019, 14:51
Moreno Moser has announced his retirement aged 28 saying he's not competitive any more.
More hands for the family vineyard!
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on May 22, 2019, 12:24
Moreno Moser has announced his retirement aged 28 saying he's not competitive any more.

https://www.develo.cc/moreno-moser-explains-his-retirement-decision/
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Mellow Velo on June 12, 2019, 07:58
 Pantano waves the white flag and calls it a day.

https://www.velonews.com/2019/06/news/pantano-announces-retirement-in-wake-of-epo-positive_494684
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on June 26, 2019, 09:09
https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/75208/hubert-dupont-m-arreter-apres-le-giro-2020

Hubert has just under a year to get that elusive pro win.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: ciranda on June 26, 2019, 19:18
I still believe he could get into the top ten. Or maybe not. If Hubert is selected for the next Giro it will be his 23rd GT equal to the most GTs of any french cyclist.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: search on June 26, 2019, 19:48
This year at the Giro pre-press conferences it wasn't too crowded during the Ag2R one (well, it was the final one of a 6 hour shift - so there were basically more riders than journalists :P), so Vuillermoz and Dupont somehow got into a on-podium conversation with each other about the races they did together, particularly the 2014 Giro, when Vuillermoz came 11th and Ag2R won the team classification.

And in that moment Vuillermoz noticed that he never said "thanks" for the job Dupont did back then to help him trying to finish in the Top 10, and how important it was have him at his side, with all the experience and race knowledge.

I don't know why it took him five years, but I think is says a lot about the atmosphere and also the way Dupont is appreciated as a team mate.

To be honest, his couple of "almost" results don't justify a 15+ year WT deal - but there's more to it than just that. And it would be amazing to see him finishing it off with a victory.
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on July 14, 2019, 21:06
https://twitter.com/paedemueller/status/1150314677060145152
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 12, 2019, 08:58
https://twitter.com/Feltetdk/status/1160626004940996609

Been on the cards for a while.

See ya Fred. :wave
Title: Re: Retirement announcements
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2019, 08:45
https://twitter.com/EFprocycling/status/1160923210931527681

https://twitter.com/evanhuffman/status/1160957751360512000

Unfortunately he hasn't come anywhere near to repeating his annus mirabilis of 2017 (GC wins at Alberta and Gila + 2 stages at California) the past couple of seasons.

Adios Matti and Evan. :wave