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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!!
 
mirunj said:
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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Libertine Seguros said:
mirunj said:
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!
 
Libertine Seguros said:
mirunj said:
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!
 
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!
 
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
 
SKSemtex said:
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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Valv.Piti said:
SKSemtex said:
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
 
Tossato retires with 34 GT's under his belt. He finished 29 of them in which he assisted some GC wins. Helped Cipo, Bettini and Ballan win their WC's. He was terrific during his period at Quick-Step.

Sad to see this rider leave the peloton.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Breh said:
Tossato retires with 34 GT's under his belt. He finished 29 of them in which he assisted some GC wins. Helped Cipo, Bettini and Ballan win their WC's. He was terrific during his period at Quick-Step.

Sad to see this rider leave the peloton.
Sad :( stupid Trek
Stupid Contador would be more accurate.
 
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Roku said:
LaFlorecita said:
Breh said:
Tossato retires with 34 GT's under his belt. He finished 29 of them in which he assisted some GC wins. Helped Cipo, Bettini and Ballan win their WC's. He was terrific during his period at Quick-Step.

Sad to see this rider leave the peloton.
Sad :( stupid Trek
Stupid Contador would be more accurate.
Yeah, that's it. Blame Contador. :rolleyes:

I'm surprised that he wasn't able to catch on with another team. His experience and ability to still contribute would have made him an asset to many of the teams. Maybe his agent and himself set up requirements that restricted his options.
 
Doubt it's that simple with Tossato - He may have believed Tinkoff was bringing him across to Trek - Other teams may have believed the same - We can see with two uncontracted riders successfully advertising on twitter for new homes, that there can be chasms in finding a new team.
 

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