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03 Aug 2018 14:13

Alexandre B. wrote:Armand de Las Cuevas passed away, at the age of 50.
He allegedly killed himself.

He was among the best french riders in the nineties, former teammate of Miguel Indurain.
Winner of San Sebastian in 1994 and Dauphiné in 1998.

De Las Cuevas as well won the prologue of the legendary 1994 Giro d'Italia beating rocket fueled Evgeni Berzin by 2 seconds! Eventually he would finish 9th on the general classification, ahead of former Tour of Italy winner Andrew Hampsten.

What a sad ending. Was he seriously ill (mentally or physically) and took his way out of the disease? :cry:
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03 Aug 2018 14:45

The Key word is allegedly, for all we know he died because of a stupid accident.
The Day Team Sky disappears from cycling I'll truly enjoy watching a mountainous Grand Tour stage again -- former Milan-San Remo winner I interviewed.
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03 Aug 2018 16:53

Sad to hear. One of the all time great mysterious and eccentric cyclists.
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Re: ¡Adiós!

07 Aug 2018 09:55

Gregory Rast as well
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07 Aug 2018 15:18

Shut up, Jens!
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07 Aug 2018 16:10

Scarponi wrote:Gregory Rast as well


Rode 51 monuments in his career, only Gilbert can equal that among active riders.
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08 Aug 2018 03:46

Pozzato is at 51 as well.
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08 Aug 2018 06:21

Nirvana wrote:Pozzato is at 51 as well.


For a sec there I thought that was his age!








I'm gonna drink my coffee now…
Aka The Ginger One.
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11 Aug 2018 12:55



I don't get this guy's career

At 32 he starts showing he has a great sprint that he can rely on - too much, to the point he throws away results, but that's another story - and becomes a different rider

How on earth does that happen? How do you suddenly discover you can sprint like that?
He just became a different type of rider.
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11 Aug 2018 14:55

GuyIncognito wrote:I don't get this guy's career

At 32 he starts showing he has a great sprint that he can rely on - too much, to the point he throws away results, but that's another story - and becomes a different rider

How on earth does that happen? How do you suddenly discover you can sprint like that?
He just became a different type of rider.

*awkward silence*
*aside glances*
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12 Aug 2018 03:14

GuyIncognito wrote:


I don't get this guy's career

At 32 he starts showing he has a great sprint that he can rely on - too much, to the point he throws away results, but that's another story - and becomes a different rider

How on earth does that happen? How do you suddenly discover you can sprint like that?
He just became a different type of rider.

All I’m going to say is that it’s a mystery to me how he’s stayed out of the Clinic.
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01 Sep 2018 15:06

Karsten Migels just claimed on Eurosport that Franco Pellizotti ends his career at the end of the year. Is that indeed a correct information? My latest information was that Pellizotti still races in 2019!
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01 Sep 2018 15:15

staubsauger wrote:Karsten Migels just claimed on Eurosport that Franco Pellizotti ends his career at the end of the year. Is that indeed a correct information? My latest information was that Pellizotti still races in 2019!

Some recent sources say Pellizotti will retire, I don't know if it's true

https://caferoubaix.com/2018/08/01/2018-19-confirmed-transfers/
"Franco Pellizotti - Out (Retired)"
https://www.velonews.com/2018/06/news/bahrain-merida-banking-nibali-win-paris_470599
"Franco Pellizotti likely to retire at the end of this season"
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01 Sep 2018 15:17

ClassicomanoLuigi wrote:
staubsauger wrote:Karsten Migels just claimed on Eurosport that Franco Pellizotti ends his career at the end of the year. Is that indeed a correct information? My latest information was that Pellizotti still races in 2019!

Some recent sources say Pellizotti will retire, I don't know if it's true

https://caferoubaix.com/2018/08/01/2018-19-confirmed-transfers/
"Franco Pellizotti - Out (Retired)"
https://www.velonews.com/2018/06/news/bahrain-merida-banking-nibali-win-paris_470599
"Franco Pellizotti likely to retire at the end of this season"

Oh no. I wanted him to race one last Giro d'Italia! :(

Maybe he wins the Pyrenees stage of the Vuelta a Espana from a breakaway group. Would be a nice way to say goodbye.
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01 Sep 2018 19:56

He's set to stay at Bahrain but as DS (or something similar).
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15 Sep 2018 18:17

Igor Anton will ride his last stage as a professional tomorrow. I was a big fan for most of his career (there wasn't much to support in his later years). His real breakthrough was a beautiful stage in the Vuelta, winning a stage in a tandem with (as far as I remember) Sanchez. His biggest moment would've been an emphatic Vuelta victory in 2010, but he crashed out and never really recovered. 2011 was thought to be a lost year, not really competing for the win in the Giro (though winning the queen stage on top of the Zoncolan) and finishing of the year in less than stellar form in the Vuelta. However, his most emotional win would salvage his race. The 2011 Vuelta was the first Vuelta returing to his native Basque Country and he won the stage finishing in Bilbao on hilly terrain - not his favorite environment, but he had the willpower that day that he might've lacked in his later years.

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He scored some decent results in the next two years but after Euskaltel folded it was never the same. Nevertheless, a great and long career comes to an end and I'm kinda sad about that.
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15 Sep 2018 18:59

Arguably the 2011 Giro d'Italia was the absolute peak of Antons career, since that Zoncolan stage win was a stellar performance! Especially because he initially announced to hit the race far from his marvelous fall shape. After that day though his career trajectory went completely squip load, sadly enough!
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15 Sep 2018 19:28

Arnout wrote:Igor Anton will ride his last stage as a professional tomorrow.

His leaving statement
http://africasteam.com/2018/09/15/igor-anton-calls-time-on-14-year-career/
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