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18 Oct 2018 16:24

There was talk of something similar 2 or 3 years back.
There was a news item about some 45 year old former pro wanting to ride with the jet fighters in the tour of portugal. Did he ever end up doing it?
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18 Oct 2018 17:09

tobydawq wrote:Andrea Tafi wants to ride Paris-Roubaix next year as a 52-year-old, 20 years after winning it. Apparently he is in contact with a Belgian PCT and has made himself available for the UCI to testing, which I think a rider needs to have been half a year before entering competition.

He did indeed ride a Hungarian 1.2 race this summer and finished in the peloton.

Could there really be space for something like this in modern cycling? I hope so.

Could be a fun experiment. Paris-Roubaix is an "old man's race" after all. A former champ in his mid 40's could still finish inside top 50.

Early 50's might be stretching it a bit too far.
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18 Oct 2018 22:59

GuyIncognito wrote:There was talk of something similar 2 or 3 years back.
There was a news item about some 45 year old former pro wanting to ride with the jet fighters in the tour of portugal. Did he ever end up doing it?

Vitor Gamito, he was 44 at the time - he won it in 2000, but quit cycling around his 34th birthday in 2004 following health problems related I believe to arrhythmia. He eventually resolved these and returned to the bike doing long distance mountain biking for a while before returning to the pro péloton in 2014. He got a short-term contract with LA Aluminios so that he could ride the Volta, and he did successfully complete it, albeit almost two hours behind winner Gustavo César Veloso, a decade his junior.

In fairness to Gamito though, he was only 18 months older than Chris Horner who'd just won a Grand Tour at that point, and Portuguese Chris Horner was still going strong, finishing a career high 2nd in the race aged 38. A comparison would be for somebody like Kirchen to return now.
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19 Oct 2018 17:59

Jan Kirsipuu had a brief return with Champion Systems at the early 10s as well!
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20 Oct 2018 06:21

Kirsipuu actually never stopped racing, again some months ago i've spotted him in a resultsheet of a national event.
But to be fair for national races he's not so old, it's not rare to see 50+ (even close to 60 sometimes) years old competing.

Anyway we should remember that 52 years old (only one month younger than Tafi) Lex Nederlof still ride at continental level in Asia Tour, comparing to him Mancebo, Sevilla, Nocentini are neo pros.
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24 Oct 2018 07:46

Really wonder what's going on at Sunweb. There's 3/4 coaches leaving, with among others Adriaan Helmantel which is Dumoulin's TT coach.

And so far they only got Elijzen in return (almost confirmed)
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24 Oct 2018 09:06

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Really wonder what's going on at Sunweb. There's 3/4 coaches leaving, with among others Adriaan Helmantel which is Dumoulin's TT coach.

And so far they only got Elijzen in return (almost confirmed)


They also got Matt Winston and Albert Timmer.
https://teamsunweb.com/coaching-staff/
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29 Oct 2018 14:51

Tragic news. Andrea Manfredi, pro at Bardiani in 2014 and 2015, is one of the victims of today's plane crash in Indonesia. He was 26 years old. RIP :(

https://twitter.com/ACCPI1946/status/1056890241078968320
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29 Oct 2018 15:08

Sad news indeed. I thought he could become a really good rider after his great Giro della Valle d'Aosta in 2012. I see that he rode his last race in 2016, the year after he left Bardiani. Rest in peace.
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07 Nov 2018 12:15

Still no news on the new Liege route?
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13 Nov 2018 20:26

It looks like women will now have maternity leave in their contracts.
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16 Nov 2018 12:22

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16 Nov 2018 13:56



Cobbles?
The sixth stage begins at Klosterplatz and heads off over the cobbles towards eastern Switzerland.
Anything about Fran Millar goes in The Clinic.
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16 Nov 2018 15:15

Red Rick wrote:2019 Tour de Suisse finishing places are out


Who won?
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17 Nov 2018 03:39

lololoolllol Simon Gerrans will work at Goldman Sachs. No doubt profiting off the work of others
Match made in heaven. He will be going places!
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17 Nov 2018 10:41

saunaking wrote:lololoolllol Simon Gerrans will work at Goldman Sachs. No doubt profiting off the work of others


That might be the most fitting thing I've ever seen

saunaking wrote:He will be going places!


But always with a co-worker just ahead of him.
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17 Nov 2018 13:38



99% certainty that Etzel won't be climbed

Goms is good though, probably either Nufunen-Gotthard-Furka or Furka-Susten-Grimsel, both variants are short, but at least there should be 3 big climbs

Not sure if Tremola will be climbed, but there should still either be Oberalp or Lukmanier on that stage as well
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17 Nov 2018 13:43

saunaking wrote:lololoolllol Simon Gerrans will work at Goldman Sachs. No doubt profiting off the work of others
Match made in heaven. He will be going places!


A 6-month internship doesn't necessarily mean a permanent future career.
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19 Nov 2018 12:31

The Tour of the Alpes (can't believe that I'm actually using that name) route will be unveiled in 2 days.
Source:https://tourofthealps.eu/en/2019-tour-of-the-alps-to-be-discovered-in-milan-on-november-21st
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20 Nov 2018 01:07

Vegni is publicly asking for candidatures from regional/local administrations to host 2020 Giro stages, probably he didn't get as much money as he wanted for next year edition.
http://www.giroditalia.it/it/candidatura-tappa/
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