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21 Sep 2010 17:19

Álvaro Pino Couñago (54) retires, following an [11-year] racing career in which the highlight was victory in the 1986 Vuelta a España, and succeses there after as team director, of late from [Xacobeo-Galicia] with [Ezequiel Mosquera's] Vuelta podium as his final act. Pino has confirmed that he is retiring from cycling in order to spend more time with his family, today September 21, [CN]
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24 Sep 2010 22:05

The Xacobeo Galicia squad, will not continue next season and the Galician team will disappear, despite the brilliant Tour of Spain of the team and second place of Ezequiel Mosquera overall.

According to newspaper La Voz de Galicia the negotiations with Aluminios Cortizo the only candidate to continue the team are broken down and beyond repair as been told by Jose Ramon Lete, secretary of sports Xeral to Galicia.

Pedro Alfaro, manager of the [Galego Cycling Foundation] since it's foundation in 2006, and Alvaro Pino, manager of the cycling team have received the news to be communicated to the riders and assistants.

The deadline for submitting all required documentation to the ICU is the 1st of October and the Galician team will stop training after that.
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26 Sep 2010 13:37

One of Danish biggest talents Daniel Kreutzfeldt (22), [Silver medalist] in the points race at the World Track Pruszkow of last year, will quit cycling.
Daniel told TV2 he has "lost the excitement and adrenaline," and is preferring to live a normal life as an electrician. His roadrace team [Designa Køkken - Blue Water til Norge] was already stopping due to lack of sponsorship for 2011.
Sven Meyer, the Danish team's track coach regrets this decision with London 2012 so close: "It's always sad when a rider stops his career so young, especially when a rider is as strong as Daniel, on September 25, 2010 [Velochr.fr]
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27 Sep 2010 10:05

Another [Danish] talent Michael Færk Christensen (24) quits cycling just like his buddy Kreutzfeldt announced on Saturday, also for Michael due to lack of excitement, preferring a normal life on September 27, [feltet.dk]
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28 Sep 2010 13:00

José Luis Chechu Rubiera (37) RadioShack is hanging up the bike after a 16 year career with Kelme, USPS, Discovery, Astana. He will start in the tour of Lombardy Oct 16, and at the end of the month Criterium Ciudad de Oviedo will be his last race.
On the brink of retiring already in 2008, Chechu changed his mind asked by Lance Armstrong to support his comeback, now the goodbye will be definitive. The Radioshack cyclist confessed to this newspaper before riding the last weekends Tour de Vendee in France, that "I'm almost for 99% sure of quitting, registered today on September 28, 2010. [http://elcomercio.ciclis/chechu-rubiera-adios.html]
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28 Sep 2010 14:23

Frank Høj (37) SaxoBank retires because of his own feelings, he was in any case not offered a new agreement with his current team.
"I reached a certain point. My legs have experienced enough pain, so in the future I will now make a nice bike ride without necessarily getting hurt," said the Dane, who has had no fewer than 10 teams in his career, with names like USPS, Coast, Française des Jeux, CSC, Gerlosteiner, Cofidis.
Despite good skills on pavement, his best results in this field will remain an 8th place in the Tour of Flanders 2004, and a 10th in the same year at Paris-Roubaix. His greatest success is probably his championship of Denmark Road acquired in 1998, already 12 years ago ...
He will leave cycling at the end of the season but does not wish to detail what he will do then, even though he had an idea in mind: "I'll start from scratch with a new career, but that has nothing to do with cycling. So it's a big change, because I was professional cyclist my whole life", he concludes.
Aired on Denish TV on September 28 [http://sp2.dk]
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29 Sep 2010 15:05

Switzerland's Hubert Schwab (28) ex- Quick Step, has ended his professional career a 'chique'. The 28-year-old, was in a local trainings area race, Gäu Rundfahrt the strongest.

"I wanted to finish my career with a good result and so I was very motivated at the start in Egerkingen," Schwab wrote on his website. "Even on the flat laps around Egerkingen were my girlfriend, family and many friends were standing on the roadside, I was cheered in my last race to the final bell", that I will always remember, registered September 29, 2010. [RSN]
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29 Sep 2010 22:32

:( Jempy Drucker (24) will retire after the Luxembourg championship cyclo-cross in January 2011.
Jempy expresses disappointment in the management of the Luxembourg team being formed around the brothers Andy and Frank Schleck. The 24-year-old Luxemburger of [Team Differdange] had his mind put on a Pro Tour debut next season in the service of his countrymen, but got zero on his petition of the Luxembourg team.
Drucker is angry about the fact that there is no place for him, as Luxembourg's most talented rider. "You'd think a Luxembourg team wants to give a young promising rider a chance, but there was zero interest. This is a huge disappointment for me". Now I'll stay in Luxembourg to do my last race, the championship ...
"That is frightening, but it is the reality of today, I have sacrificed everything to cycling, have no choice: "I need to live, he insists. If I do not go pro, I stop, i've decided ... ". September 28, [www.lequotidien.lu]
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01 Oct 2010 13:29

Milram will completely disappear as ProTour team, what means that the last German team in the highest devision of cycling shuts down. Writing October 5, 2010 [VN.comp]
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01 Oct 2010 13:51

It's a damn shame.
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01 Oct 2010 19:12

The Mallorcan ex-world champion MTB - [Marga Fullana] (38) is very regretful after having failed a doping check, carried out at the last [World Championship MTB in Canada]. The UCI could/will make public the positive in the coming hours Oct 1, something that seems obvious after hearing the official announcement offered by [Marga Fullana].

In all my sporting life I have not resorted to chemicals "illegal." I did not need it, was strong and highly motivated, but this year despite trying and trying, nothing went well and I had the opportunity to get 'Maldita', but an amount so small that I not even noticed anything on performance. bad, very bad. I'm stupid and I have the courage to admit it. I can only say sorry that I have defrauded, I've disappointed myself most. I will take my punishment and move on, I will retire from the sport, and start fighting in another area of my life.


Official Announcement October 1, 2010 in [marca.com]
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06 Oct 2010 11:51

Matthias Ruß (26) his team Milram shuts down, and the German rider is doing the same. The latest doping revelations in cycling did speed up his dicision to retire. The German had some physical conditions like astma in his career and wanted to do a study in machinery before his 30th. Published October 6 [RSN]
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06 Oct 2010 13:22

DAOTEC wrote:Matthias Ruß (26) his team Milram shuts down, and the German rider is doing the same. The latest doping revelations in cycling did speed up his dicision to retire. The German had some physical conditions like astma in his career and wanted to do a study in machinery before his 30th. Published October 6 [RSN]

this is like reading the obituaries section in the papers. Boy! does it hurt
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06 Oct 2010 22:16

Former US Postal rider and national pro cycling champion Kirk O'Bee (33) has just received a lifetime suspension for a second doping offense and is forced to retire. His lifetime ban stems from an arbitration decision released Wednesday that upheld a positive EPO test from May 2009. Kirk has also been riding for Mapei-Quick Step and [Bissel], we not as exit date October 6, 2010 [SA.Com]
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10 Oct 2010 20:34

Colombian cyclist from Boyacá Department Félix Rafael Cárdenas Ravalo (d.o.b. Bogota, 24 november 1972) riding for GW-Shimano retires on a high note, conquering the greatest victory of his career by winning the [50th Clásico RCN on October 10, 2010].
Also called Félix the Cat very emotional at the ceremony "Me puedo retirar tranquilo" amen. El Gato returning home after 10 years of racing in Europe last year, "I got tired of running in Europe", took on the biggest and last challenge of his career, had one dream left to fulfill: "I could not withdraw form cycling without a big win in Colombia" and on Sunday in Envigado, served its purpose.
At almost 38-years old, the 'Cat', has a clear conscience. His resume include stage wins in the [Tour de France, in the Tour of Spain (2003-2004)] and a lot more, but something was missing. Today, standing next to his family and teammates of GW Shimano, with the Clásico RCN crown on his head, it is time to say "¿Adiós¡", and so Gato is retiring after 16 years of peddling around the world. [bici.com] Image
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14 Oct 2010 18:44

Portugese Luís Pinheiro (30) riding the last 3 years for Madeinox-Boavista quits cycling. He will become team manager for the Liberty Seguros junior U21 team. We write October 14, 2010.


From the Zcech republic Martin Mareš (28) PSK-Whirlpool will retire from Pro-cycling. The winner of the 2005 edition of the Tour of Quinhai Lake will remain in the national cyclosportivo-MTB competition, announced October 11, 2010.


Tengel Storvold-Hjembo (35) from Team Plussbank-Cervélo will retire, announced October 6, 2010.


Geert Omloop (36) from Belgium riding for Palmans-Cras crashed hard in his last race this weekend "The Sluitingsprijs Putte Kapellen", so we write for him as retire date Ocober 10, 2010 [VN]


Marta Vilajosana (35) from Spain will retire after 14 years of racing, we write October 6, 2010 [bici]


French Pro Nicolas Portal (31) currently riding for team SKY will retire from Pro-cycling, and is going to except a place in team SKY management. We write for him the date that no 2011 riders contract will be submitted to the UCI October 20, 2010
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'Chechu' Rubiera

14 Oct 2010 19:06

Don't forget Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil called it quits after 15 years.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/10/news/chechu-rubiera-to-retire_146310?news
Ripley on fixing Aliens and Cycling - "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s1MspmfEwg

Alberto Contador will win the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Alberto Contador will win the 101th edition of the Tour de France.
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14 Oct 2010 19:16

DAOTEC wrote:José Luis Chechu Rubiera (37) RadioShack is hanging up the bike after a 16 year career with Kelme, USPS, Discovery, Astana. He will start in the tour of Lombardy Oct 16, and at the end of the month Criterium Ciudad de Oviedo will be his last race.
On the brink of retiring already in 2008, Chechu changed his mind asked by Lance Armstrong to support his comeback, now the goodbye will be definitive. The Radioshack cyclist confessed to this newspaper before riding the last weekends Tour de Vendee in France, that "I'm almost for 99% sure of quitting, registered today on September 28, 2010. [http://elcomercio.ciclis/chechu-rubiera-adios.html]


JRTinMA wrote:Don't forget Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil called it quits after 15 years.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/10/news/chechu-rubiera-to-retire_146310?news


Ok thank you, I had him already on the exit on page 3 of this thread, cause Chechu had it already announced in the Spanish press long time ago. Same is with Marco Velo already announced back in this thread. But thanks for reminding the readers, always welcome JRTinMA. A lot of names will follow the coming week when we know the riders contracts that are submitted to the UCI.
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14 Oct 2010 19:45

DAOTEC wrote:Ok thank you, I had him already on the exit on page 3 of this thread, cause Chechu had it already announced in the Spanish press long time ago. Same is with Marco Velo already announced back in this thread. But thanks for reminding the readers, always welcome JRTinMA. A lot of names will follow the coming week when we know the riders contracts that are submitted to the UCI.


Sorry about that, I should have known you had Chechu! I didn't look back far enough. :o
Ripley on fixing Aliens and Cycling - "I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s1MspmfEwg

Alberto Contador will win the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Alberto Contador will win the 101th edition of the Tour de France.
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14 Oct 2010 19:53

JRTinMA wrote:Sorry about that, I should have known you had Chechu! I didn't look back far enough. :o


No, No sorry is always Ok to refresh the memory, thanks for your contribution all pleasure is mine, at least now we have a story in English for Chechu 's retirement with it. Image

So bring them on if you know any, I can't catch them all, but I do want to know.
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