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Spilak climbing on a world class level in horrible weather was always one of the highlights of the spring for me. I remember him staying with Froome and beating him in a sprint in Romandie on the mountain stages in 2013/2014, when Froome put a minute into every other contender on those stages. His gc wins in the Tour de Swiss were also pretty good, him dropping everyone else on the Tiefenbachferner was a great performance.
I kinda regret the fact that I've never opened a Thread for him, in this day and age every flavour of the month seems to get his own.
An interesting fact about him: as a neopro he was actually really good on the cobbles, he finished 9th in the RVV at the age of 21, in his first Monument. Before that he had finished 5th on the gc in De Panne, ahead of his team captain Ballan.
I will miss him, even if he was already past his prime.
 
Slightly old news but I only saw it today

Patrick Müller is retiring because of a long-term leg pain problem. Shame. He's only 23, and he was showing a lot of promise this year despite the issue (won Volta Limburg, 4th in Circuit de la Sarthe)
He got to ride - and finish - Lombardia as his last race.
Saw some social media posts about it; everyone seemed so sad about it, a clear case of "I want to keep doing this, but I just can't." (Bit like with Tanguy Turgis last year…) :(
 
Taylor Phinney will retire after the Japan Cup. Such a shame his career was severly hampered by his horror crash.
I agree. He was a beast before the crash and to come back from injuries of that scope was incredible. It seems to have really altered his perspective, probably in a good way. Before the crash I'm sure he felt like he was under a lot of pressure to succeed given his parents.
 
I agree. He was a beast before the crash and to come back from injuries of that scope was incredible. It seems to have really altered his perspective, probably in a good way. Before the crash I'm sure he felt like he was under a lot of pressure to succeed given his parents.
I don’t think anyone who’s ever watched an interview with Taylor has imagined that he ever feels any pressure to do anything by anyone.
 
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It's amazing Phinney was even able to come back after that horrific crash.
I agree. And I'm glad he was able to make it back. Now, stopping is his choice, as opposed to being something he was forced to do because of an injury.
It's the same reason I'm not super sad Kittel stopped; again, his choice.
It's the same reason I'm glad Adrien Costa stopped before he had that accident (and I know I'm not the only one).

And then there are the situations where I know, and understand, that the rider in question is devastated, but it could have been so much worse! Take a look at Edo Maas; his career is essentially over before it's even started, same for Tanguy Turgis. However, they're both alive. Edo Maas was hit by a car and survived, Andreas Byskov Sarbo wasn't so lucky. Tanguy Turgis discovered a heart problem in time and is still alive, Michael Goolearts and Jimmy Duquennoy weren't so lucky. Still, those young kids are perfectly entitled to be devastated.
 
Peter Stetina leaves WT to ride gravel etc. Glad there's another route available, as it were, for him. He wasn't quite good enough to win at the WT level (and had a bad, bad crash), but if he can put together a living off the road, chapeau!
 

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