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Old 02-06-09, 10:51 AM   #1
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"Maggie" retires, effective immediately

Anyone see this coming? I would have reckoned him for another 3 years of Classics chasing, but...
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Old 02-06-09, 11:08 AM   #2
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I thought something was up when he started another team outside of the slipstream group..
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I thought something was up when he started another team outside of the slipstream group..
"...but my new fight will be to focus my energy on my own development team."

It'd be kind of cool to have him for a coach, though.
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It's a shame to see him go. He gave hope to Clydesdales everywhere that we're not too big for this sport. (Sorry, we're all still too fat for this sport though.)
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Old 02-06-09, 11:45 AM   #7
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He gave hope to Clydesdales
That's why I like racing in Florida.
195 lbs is still competitve in a 2' power climb.
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Bummer. He was out pretty early in last years TDF, I wonder who takes his place this year there?
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Too bad. But glad to see he is starting a development team.
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1. Christian VdV
2. Wiggins
3. Millar
4. Zabriskie

and then about 9 great riders fighting for the rest of the 5 spots...
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to sound overly negative and cynical but...um...bio passport info is about to come out isn't it....?
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to sound overly negative and cynical but...um...bio passport info is about to come out isn't it....?
Yes, the UCI's biological passport program is going to out Magnus for who he really is. Nevermind all the internal testing that Garmin/Slipstream does.
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to sound overly negative and cynical but...um...bio passport info is about to come out isn't it....?
Yeah, that might be taking 'overly cynical' view of things.

Surely, it's an odd time of year to retire, but 34 is just over the hill and unless you really love it, it's hard to find the proper motivation.

He also has the development team. Perhaps Garmin forced him to pick one or the other. Just a guess. I'll know more in two weeks.
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Maybe he is still bummed about last years classics season
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Yes, the UCI's biological passport program is going to out Magnus for who he really is.




Either that or



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Maybe he is still bummed about last years classics season
so quit a month before this years? I wish he could of held out a couple more months... maybe his training wasnt showing the best results..
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Maybe he is still bummed about last years classics season
i think he's bummed because russel the muscle langley skooled him at the csc invitational last year!!
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In the current climate of pro cycling and with the high profile Maggie has, the timing of this announcement leaves me with the sinking feeling that some unflattering news is imminent. If this isn't the case, it would have made more sense to me for him to have had a "swan-song", season long, going-into-retirement party...
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In the current climate of pro cycling and with the high profile Maggie has, the timing of this announcement leaves me with the sinking feeling that some unflattering news is imminent. If this isn't the case, it would have made more sense to me for him to have had a "swan-song", season long, going-into-retirement party...
Swans have swan songs. Ducks and geese just go away.

We're talking about Magnus, not Bettini or Zabel.

Backstedt is a great guy, but he's not a rockstar.

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* 2008 Giro d'Italia, 1st stage 1 team time trial
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* 2003 Swedish Time Trial Championships, 1st
* 2002 Swedish National Championships, 1st
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* 1998 Tour de France, 1st, Stage 19
* 1997 Grand Prix D'Isbergues, 1st

Compare this to Bettini or Zabel and, well, you get my point.
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Point taken. Nonetheless, Maggie's appeal transcends his palmares...
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Point taken. Nonetheless, Maggie's appeal transcends his palmares...
I'll bet keeping him on the payroll was less appealing in comparison.

But hey, we're all just speculating.
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I'll bet keeping him on the payroll was less appealing in comparison.

But hey, we're all just speculating.
So you're speculating the timing of this retirement announcement was facilitated by Vaughters?
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and then about 9 great riders fighting for the rest of the 5 spots...
Pulling for Friedman for obvious reasons, but that's not going to happen. He's having a hell of a Qatar though....
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So you're speculating the timing of this retirement announcement was facilitated by Vaughters?
I've heard Vaughters can be a real d******d.
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so quit a month before this years? I wish he could of held out a couple more months... maybe his training wasnt showing the best results..
yeah i can imagine him not feeling better or even as good as last year and he is too proud to maybe have another bad performance.
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