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Old 12-15-04, 05:24 PM
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I'm sad....

Jacky Durand has retired....

from Cyclingnews.com

Durand calls it a day
Popular French rider Jacky Durand has decided to end his long career as a professional cyclist. Durand, 37, is famous for a 'suicide break' attacking style that usually resulted in his being caught by the bunch a few kilometres from the line, but occasionally landed him some spectacular victories, including three stages of the Tour de France, two World Cups and two French championships. Durand himself once conceded that the tactic only worked one time in 20, but those weren't bad odds in pro racing.

"There is a time for everyone and this is the time for me to stop," Durand told l'Equipe. "I had hoped to do ten years and win a race from time to time. I did 15 and won some beautiful races."

Durand, who turned professional in 1990 and rode for the Belgian Landbouwkrediet team in 2004, said he hopes to remain in cycling
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Old 12-15-04, 06:49 PM
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One of my favorite riders. I have the video of him winning at Flanders. He got away with Wegmuller in a two man break then rode away from him in the last few kilos. Durand was a happy guy and fun to watch race.
 
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Originally Posted by don d.
One of my favorite riders. I have the video of him winning at Flanders. He got away with Wegmuller in a two man break then rode away from him in the last few kilos. Durand was a happy guy and fun to watch race.

An awesome ride....220km in front or something. Loved his position too....back flat as a coffee table, hands on the hoods, legs pumping a massive gear.
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If I remember right, no one really paid much attention to Jacky in that race.. Until he rode away that is. That was a great win.

One of the gutsiest riders ever.
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Originally Posted by Laggard
If I remember right, no one really paid much attention to Jacky in that race.. Until he rode away that is. That was a great win.

One of the gutsiest riders ever.

correct. The tailwind had them flying away while the bunch chatted and waited. I think Edwig van Hooydonck got the within about 1.30 at the finish.
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It's interesting that Durand had Wegmuller as a breakaway companion. In the late 80's (88 or 89 maybe?), Thomas Wegmuller and Dirk DeMol broke away together in Paris-Roubaix. They were both lowly ranked riders who were largely ignored by the pack. They stayed away to the end, but Wegmuller couldn't sprint after a plastic bag blew across the road and jammed in his gears. DeMol did the honorable thing by waiting while Wegmuller's mechanic tried to remove the bag, but it stayed stuck in the gears and DeMol took the win easily. It must have been frustrating for Wegmuller to be so close in two major classics! DeMol later went on to work with the Postal team.

Any way, my intent wasn't to hijack the thread Durand was definitely an animator, and you have to like someone who goes against the odds time and time again. I'm glad he retired with something to show for all of his effort.
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PS - With David Zabriske's win at the Vuelta this year, maybe he's poised to take over Durand's roll as the long distance attacker?
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Remember Thierry Marie at Le Havre in Tour '92?

Awesome Durand-esque display.
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THe guy is 36, he had a long career. The french fans loved him! They didn't care if he won or not, they showed up in droves just to see him with his doo-rag on one of his insane breakaways.
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