• The Cycling News forum is looking to add some volunteer moderators with Red Rick's recent retirement. If you're interested in helping keep our discussions on track, send a direct message to @SHaines here on the forum, or use the Contact Us form to message the Community Team.

    In the meanwhile, please use the Report option if you see a post that doesn't fit within the forum rules.


Saronni's decline

May 11, 2017
Visit site
Does anyone have insight on how Saronni went from megastar results to mostly disappointing in the remainder of his career? After the 2nd 83 Giro GC win at age 25, while he still had a few big moments (2nd in 86 Giro GC, 2 stage wins in 85 Giro, 3rd in 86 WCRR) it was a huge letdown compared to what one would expect for what should have been physical peak years (late twenties). I know he turned pro very young and had great results from day 1, did he just not want to put in the effort after 1983? He seems pretty chunky in some late career photos.