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Re: Retirement announcements
« Reply #540 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.
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