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01 Nov 2016 16:59

Legendary German sprint talent Willi Willwohl calls it a day after a murky final U23 year and a luckless stagiaire stint with Stölting.
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01 Nov 2016 19:31

What? I loved that name!
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01 Nov 2016 20:37

I never remember there's a retirement thread. So here are some names from the transfer thread:

Gaimon
Nerz
B Sulzberger
Coppel
Schleck
Hesjedal
de Maar
Aregger
Zaugg
Bideau
Fedrigo
Cancellara
Christian Meier
Tjallingi
Popovich
van Summeren
Caleb Fairly
Carter Jones
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02 Nov 2016 01:37

How could you forget JC Peraud
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02 Nov 2016 04:18

Bye Bye Bicycle wrote:Legendary German sprint talent Willi Willwohl calls it a day after a murky final U23 year and a luckless stagiaire stint with Stölting.


Won the green jersey with this guy in PCM lol
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02 Nov 2016 16:42

Bye Bye Bicycle wrote:Legendary German sprint talent Willi Willwohl calls it a day after a murky final U23 year and a luckless stagiaire stint with Stölting.

Have an Upvote
for bringing back this thread
and for reminding me of
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02 Nov 2016 17:12

Haven't seen it announced on this page yet, but Graeme Brown is also retireing now that the Tour of Hainan has finished.
https://cyclingtips.com/2016/10/graeme-brown-on-retirement-im-going-out-of-the-sport-the-way-i-came-in-and-thats-swinging/
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04 Nov 2016 17:58

This isn't so much an announcement of a retirement, but the reason for said retirement.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/crashes-headaches-and-dizziness-nerz-reveals-why-he-had-to-retire/
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05 Nov 2016 06:35

RedheadDane wrote:This isn't so much an announcement of a retirement, but the reason for said retirement.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/crashes-headaches-and-dizziness-nerz-reveals-why-he-had-to-retire/

Wish a full recovery for the poor guy - a sensible decision on his part.
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05 Nov 2016 12:24

Sylwester Szmyd, one of the finest gregarios of the decade past, is calling it quits. Not cut out for winning races, but, at his peak, a very good rider indeed.

He'd kept us, Poles, going before the Majkas and Kwiats sprang up. Thanks Sylwas!!
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08 Nov 2016 19:35

mirunj wrote:Sylwester Szmyd, one of the finest gregarios of the decade past, is calling it quits. Not cut out for winning races, but, at his peak, a very good rider indeed.

He'd kept us, Poles, going before the Majkas and Kwiats sprang up. Thanks Sylwas!!

His move from Lampre to Liquigas created one of the most effective trains of pain of recent years, Szmyd on the front circa 2009-10 was a guarantor that there wouldn't be many left when Basso or Nibali took it up for themselves. Like his fellow Liquigas gregario Oliver Zaugg, Szmyd only got the one win but it was a big one (albeit not as big as Zaugg's of course), almost breaking himself in his excitement and causing Valverde to come almost to a standstill to let the Pole through for the win on Mont Ventoux. I mean, it's not before time; he's 38 now and the last five years of his career have been a clear decline from his glory days, but there aren't too many riders of his kind left in the péloton; pure climbing diesel domestiques without punch or aspirations of their own glory.
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08 Nov 2016 20:39

Libertine Seguros wrote:
mirunj wrote:Sylwester Szmyd, one of the finest gregarios of the decade past, is calling it quits. Not cut out for winning races, but, at his peak, a very good rider indeed.

He'd kept us, Poles, going before the Majkas and Kwiats sprang up. Thanks Sylwas!!

His move from Lampre to Liquigas created one of the most effective trains of pain of recent years, Szmyd on the front circa 2009-10 was a guarantor that there wouldn't be many left when Basso or Nibali took it up for themselves. Like his fellow Liquigas gregario Oliver Zaugg, Szmyd only got the one win but it was a big one (albeit not as big as Zaugg's of course), almost breaking himself in his excitement and causing Valverde to come almost to a standstill to let the Pole through for the win on Mont Ventoux. I mean, it's not before time; he's 38 now and the last five years of his career have been a clear decline from his glory days, but there aren't too many riders of his kind left in the péloton; pure climbing diesel domestiques without punch or aspirations of their own glory.

He was an animal during those Liquigas years for sure....

I really enjoyed watching him dish out the pain!
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08 Nov 2016 20:50

Libertine Seguros wrote:
mirunj wrote:Sylwester Szmyd, one of the finest gregarios of the decade past, is calling it quits. Not cut out for winning races, but, at his peak, a very good rider indeed.

He'd kept us, Poles, going before the Majkas and Kwiats sprang up. Thanks Sylwas!!

His move from Lampre to Liquigas created one of the most effective trains of pain of recent years, Szmyd on the front circa 2009-10 was a guarantor that there wouldn't be many left when Basso or Nibali took it up for themselves. Like his fellow Liquigas gregario Oliver Zaugg, Szmyd only got the one win but it was a big one (albeit not as big as Zaugg's of course), almost breaking himself in his excitement and causing Valverde to come almost to a standstill to let the Pole through for the win on Mont Ventoux. I mean, it's not before time; he's 38 now and the last five years of his career have been a clear decline from his glory days, but there aren't too many riders of his kind left in the péloton; pure climbing diesel domestiques without punch or aspirations of their own glory.


One of the most elegant/stylish riders in recent generations- his pedaling style was superb!
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10 Nov 2016 10:58

Szmyd s masterpiece was that attack he set up for his then captain Franco Pellizotti on the Blockhaus! Perfect relais station like out of the JC Leclercq playbook of cycling tactics. Armstrong was shelled like a kid when he tried to close that gap towards them!
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26 Nov 2016 16:05

Peter Velits (31) - BMC has annouced the end of his career. He could not get back to the form after his surgery of his left leg.

Best results:

2007 - Under-23 Road Race World Champion
2010 - Vuelta - 2 place

2012-2014 TTT World Champion
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26 Nov 2016 19:06

SKSemtex wrote:Peter Velits (31) - BMC has annouced the end of his career. He could not get back to the form after his surgery of his left leg.

Best results:

2007 - Under-23 Road Race World Champion
2010 - Vuelta - 2 place

2012-2014 TTT World Champion


I remember this one, that was so frickin random, altho Mosquera obviously was 2nd and Antón crashed. Never produced anything remotely close to that again altho Brian Holm kept on predicting he was destined for great things every TdF the following years. Ah, good times.
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26 Nov 2016 19:18

Valv.Piti wrote:
SKSemtex wrote:Peter Velits (31) - BMC has annouced the end of his career. He could not get back to the form after his surgery of his left leg.

Best results:

2007 - Under-23 Road Race World Champion
2010 - Vuelta - 2 place

2012-2014 TTT World Champion


I remember this one, that was so frickin random, altho Mosquera obviously was 2nd and Antón crashed. Never produced anything remotely close to that again altho Brian Holm kept on predicting he was destined for great things every TdF the following years. Ah, good times.

Just HTC things, he should have joined the HTC reunion at DD. :D
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27 Nov 2016 17:53

Daan Olivier un-retires, riding with lotto-jumbo next year!
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28 Nov 2016 11:20

Old news. Was in the transfer thread a while back.
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