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    "I've met my idols and ridden with and alongside the best for 20 years."

    Sir Bradley Wiggins: Tour de France winner & five-time Olympic champion retires - BBC Sport
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    Perhaps the doping questions starting to hit a bit too close to home?
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    I actually thought he retired a long time ago. Shows how much attention I pay !

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    Default Re: Sir Bradley Wiggins announces retirement

    ...again.

    good riddance, Wiggo.
    "make the break"

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    Default Re: Sir Bradley Wiggins announces retirement

    He's not retired already?
     

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    Default Re: Sir Bradley Wiggins announces retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Chance Legstrong View Post
    ...again.

    good riddance, Wiggo.
    Now we just need the other one to go and we can perhaps look forward to some more interesting and believable cycling
     

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    I like Wiggo. He is not a robot and has a heart, he can go fast and he raced everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker View Post
    I like Wiggo. He is not a robot and has a heart, he can go fast and he raced e̶v̶e̶r̶y̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ road and track.
    Fixed that for you.

    There is a famous vid showing how bad he would have been a cyclocrossman and I've never seen him on a mountain bike. I've mixed feelings about him. Part of me like his casual attitude. Part of me hate how a rider with such poor riding skill can still be successful in world tour racing. Part of me love his humor. Part of me hate the things that haven't been revealed yet about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadoflam View Post
    Now we just need the other one to go and we can perhaps look forward to some more interesting and believable cycling
    Contador?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Fixed that for you.

    There is a famous vid showing how bad he would have been a cyclocrossman and I've never seen him on a mountain bike. I've mixed feelings about him. Part of me like his casual attitude. Part of me hate how a rider with such poor riding skill can still be successful in world tour racing. Part of me love his humor. Part of me hate the things that haven't been revealed yet about him.
    You forgot BMX. He also didn't win any bike trials.
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    The point is, there are many riders who have tackled more than one discipline with relative success.
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    Wiggins always seemed supremely conscious that everyone was looking at him when the cameras turned on and the questions came. And that caused him (it seems) a whole load of anxiety. I wonder if he would have been happier if road racing was an anonymous sport. But he was a student of cycling history and very competitive in spite of his psychotic moments of agoraphobia - during which he provided some quality entertainment and infantile behavior in equal measure. Maybe he should have just done track racing his whole career. But now he is and forever will be Sir Baggie, perhaps not for any reason other than the lack of credibility in cycling, the pervasive suspicion of Sky Cycling's results in the Tour de France, and his own prickly self-annihilating psychology. I can't say any of this, as a fan, makes me happy or sad. This is nearly January 1 and Azencross is on. When road season gets closer, I'll start thinking about MSR. Until then, everything is just so much soap and opera.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by WFSTEKL View Post
    Contador?
    He said interesting. Even as a Contador fan, I'll give you the point for believable.
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    He loved the sport's history, probably doped and stepped out of the spotlight at the first opportunity. He was a throwback rider in how he approached his goals, and didn't want to be confined to a single discipline or define his career around a single race.

    Always been a fan, likely always will be.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by theflashunc View Post
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    Always been a fan, likely always will be.
    Same here.

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    I was surprised and disappointed by the revelations of his TUEs for Triamcinolone. That will not erase one of my favourite cycling memories which is watching the wearer of the yellow jersey lead out the final stage winner on the Champs-Élysées in the 2012 Tour de France.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Jacobs View Post
    I was surprised and disappointed by the revelations of his TUEs for Triamcinolone. That will not erase one of my favourite cycling memories which is watching the wearer of the yellow jersey lead out the final stage winner on the Champs-Élysées in the 2012 Tour de France.

    If he was granted a TUE, then it's the governing body's issue not his. All of these cats, all of them, push every rule and reg right up to the breaking point. Always have. And will. If one has an problem with TUEs or their use, take it up with the UCI.

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    Tow things jump out at me, one is what Lance Armstrong said when he finally admitted his sin, "I shouldn't have went back that last time, if I hadn't, I wouldn't have gotten caught". Maybe Wiggins learned something there.

    Second thing is how riders are judged based on personality. Wiggins is a likeable enough guy and so he will be defended more.

    I say guard you heart, the stories were swirling way before his retirement and won't end just because he did. Leave room in case he proves
    less than truthful or worse, he proves to be like the rest.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnette View Post
    Tow things jump out at me, one is what Lance Armstrong said when he finally admitted his sin, "I shouldn't have went back that last time, if I hadn't, I wouldn't have gotten caught". Maybe Wiggins learned something there.

    Second thing is how riders are judged based on personality. Wiggins is a likeable enough guy and so he will be defended more.

    I say guard you heart, the stories were swirling way before his retirement and won't end just because he did. Leave room in case he proves
    less than truthful or worse, he proves to be like the rest.
    I'm not sure what this ^ means. But the circumstances around Wiggins don't regard any comebacks as the stories around Lance's "If only I hadn't...) did based on his Oprah interview. The TUE is tied to his Tour victory. That said, if he was granted one, I'd have no problem with it. And that, no matter how it was obtained. The UCI makes these rules; the riders only use and misuse them. I'm completely cool wit that. Regardless, I'm a fan of Wiggins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    I'm not sure what this ^ means. But the circumstances around Wiggins don't regard any comebacks as the stories around Lance's "If only I hadn't...) did based on his Oprah interview. The TUE is tied to his Tour victory. That said, if he was granted one, I'd have no problem with it. And that, no matter how it was obtained. The UCI makes these rules; the riders only use and misuse them. I'm completely cool wit that. Regardless, I'm a fan of Wiggins.
    Oh, Wiggins to Lance isn't a one to one ratio by any means. I get that some here are fans of him and I respect that, but from my perspective, Wiggins and Sky in general have been under the cloud of doping for years and the story continues. Speculation (and that's all it is at this point) about Wiggins sudden departure is only playing into that narrative.

    Spending time on forums discussing doping can leave you jaded and some people can be very hard about what's "right" and what's "wrong". To say that if a rider pushed the boundaries of what the UCI set up to prevent cheating and took a substance not really needed but did use it to help himself, that's on the UCI then.
    Yeah, I get it, but to the "right and wrong" crowd, it's still wrong. And some feel there's more to it.

    Like I said, the fact that Wiggo was a positive, likeable guy, I think he will get some benefit of the doubt that something deeper isn't there. To the jaded brigade, his leaving now is a continuation of a larger story.

    For me personally, I'm just saying that nothing would surprise me about any top rider and doping at this point and I think it's a shame when true fans go out on a limb for them.

    I've been there, done that.
     

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