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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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    I thought something was up when he started another team outside of the slipstream group..

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    always came off as a great guy, with a great attitude, cursed with bad luck (apart from one special day in april of '04).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmotoguy View Post
    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.)
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
    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
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Yes, the UCI's biological passport program is going to out Magnus for who he really is.




    Either that or



    Please remember that all statements unless quoted, are strictly my opinion of what happened. That there are as many opinions as there are spectators attending. I just choose to publish mine on this forum. And would NEVER intend to purposely hurt or discredit any other cyclist.... With that said... HTFU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithuania View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithuania View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyzackery View Post
    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.

    Career Highlights:

    * 2008 Giro d'Italia, 1st stage 1 team time trial
    * 2007 Swedish National Championships, 1st
    * 2004 Paris Roubaix, 1st
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    * 2002 Swedish National Championships, 1st
    * 1998 4 Days of Dunkirk, 1st, Sprint Competition
    * 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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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyzackery View Post
    ^^
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dmotoguy View Post
    1. Christian VdV
    2. Wiggins
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    4. Zabriskie

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyzackery View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dmotoguy View Post
    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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