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Re: Retirement announcements
« Reply #510 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.
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    Re: Retirement announcements
    « Reply #511 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
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    Re: Retirement announcements
    « Reply #512 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.

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    Re: Retirement announcements
    « Reply #513 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
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    Re: Retirement announcements
    « Reply #514 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!
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    Re: Retirement announcements
    « Reply #515 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.
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