Maybe not retire, but more than ever, it‘s all about winning.
Decades ago I read in a cycling racing book about the mentality of the protagonists. They wrote something like (translated from German), „The best riders race by the motto, ‚Nothing is more successful then success is‘“… („Die besten Fahrer fahren nach der Devise, „Nichts ist erfolgreicher als der Erfolg“).
I found this to be quite an arrogant statement, back then. But as we say, the winner takes it all.
Of course, everyone expected more from Ganna today, including me. He got humiliated by Evenepoel, nothing less. Ganna was only 18 seconds faster than Tao G. Hart, so gained nearly a second per km on TGH. That was not enough to win this TT.
I don't agree that it's all about winning. Cycling has a broad base with almost 600 riders in the WT alone. In every GT there are almost 200 riders starting. There are more than 1000 professional riders who are getting paid to do this job. And someone like Ganna shall be irrelevant?
I also didn't expect much more from him today.