He quit as soon as it became apparent that the 50% rule would be put in place for the '97 season.Maxiton said:Yeah, this doesn't give Indurain enough credit. Of course, we'll never know for sure unless he writes a book and tells the truth, but I suspect he retired when he did because he didn't want to be greedy and didn't want to overshadow the great riders of the past who didn't have EPO. He already had enough fame and money so what would have been the point in continuing?
EDIT: Oh yeah, I almost forgot: He was probably worried about the long-term health effects of EPO and whatever else he was doing. Who knows, that alone could have been reason enough to quit when he did.