Ineos' Stannard retires from cycling
05/11/2020 | sport | other | 104
Former British champion Ian Stannard retires from cycling due to rheumatoid arthritis.
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05/11/2020 11:38:06 63 0
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Sad day for a great servant to Sky/Ineos and British cycling. Wish him well.
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CM1
05/11/2020 11:41:13 104 1
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Class rider - did a lot of the unseen donkey work throughout his career and can retire with his head held high. Not many bike riders can claim to have been in a multiple TDF winning team. Would have been great for him to have won a classic but third in Paris-Roubaix and British Champion to boot ain't too shabby at all! All the best in retirement, Ian
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05/11/2020 13:40:10 7 0
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Couldn't have put it better!
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05/11/2020 11:52:57 28 0
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Good luck Ian, classy rider
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05/11/2020 11:58:39 27 0
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The end of the diesel engine.
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05/11/2020 16:17:47 0 3
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Not quite. Have a look at a certain Mr Dumoulin from Holland.
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05/11/2020 12:00:34 28 0
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Ian a superb rider, one of a handful who I remember getting me into cycling and improving my health! So hoping a happy managed healthy future, a well deserved retirement and celebration from British cycling
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05/11/2020 12:01:30 57 0
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My favourite memory is off him beating three Etixx-Quick Step riders to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2015. Not only was he the only Brit to win that race, he won it twice. Well done Yogi!
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05/11/2020 15:07:26 9 0
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Yup - as soon as I heard this story I dug out a youtube video of this - one of those wonderful cycling moments where the favourite(s) are beaten. This, together with Steve Cummings victory in Mende still my favourite 'unseen hero' moments
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05/11/2020 12:05:41 27 0
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Sad to hear, but i'm sure the correct decision . Wishing you well for the next stage of The Grand Tour called life. Best wishes to you and your family...
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05/11/2020 12:06:04 25 0
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Fantastic servant to his team and his sport. A monster engine.
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05/11/2020 12:06:36 30 0
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Will be sorely missed. Many times you would see him leading the Sky "Train" and burning off the opposition.
Good luck Ian. Stay in the sport and teach others.
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05/11/2020 12:16:07 19 1
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There would be no champions without the team behind them. Ian is one of those heroes who does the heavy lifting for others.
And third in the Paris-Roubaix! That’s one hell of an achievement. Wow!
In awe of you, Ian.
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05/11/2020 12:17:27 14 0
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One of the true greats of British cycling with the biggest engine in the pro peloton! Good luck in your retirement Yogi!
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05/11/2020 12:18:36 14 1
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Real shame...thx for your great efforts and good luck in your next venture Ian
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05/11/2020 12:20:20 15 0
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Good luck Mr Stannard. Enjoyed watching you drive the peloton
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05/11/2020 12:21:01 14 0
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Respect.
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05/11/2020 12:25:32 17 0
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Good luck in whatever you do next, Ian. I hope you stay in cycling, and help young riders develop that strong mindset and total commitment that you have displayed in every race.
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05/11/2020 12:27:16 13 0
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That is so sad. Best of luck for the future. There is a world outside of cycling. I think.
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05/11/2020 12:29:39 13 0
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Top cyclist,top man best wishes for future.
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05/11/2020 12:30:14 41 0
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The ultimate unsung hero along with Luke Rowe. Often driving the peloton along in terrible conditions giving his all then dropping off miles from the end of the race his job done. Unglamorous role but probably the first name on the former Team Sky teamsheet
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05/11/2020 12:32:11 12 0
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At 33, those cycling joints have done the work of a 75 year old
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05/11/2020 13:24:32 8 0
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He has rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect people of almost any age, regardless of whether they are active or not, which is terrible luck for a professional athlete
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05/11/2020 17:19:21 1 0
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He has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis not osteo-arthritis, which is the disease which affects the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease and can affect the sufferer at any age.
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05/11/2020 12:41:34 12 0
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Such a shame, he's been a hero for many years. We'll miss him.
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Joe
05/11/2020 12:45:43 21 0
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Nice to see a comments board full of respect and admiration instead of vitriol.

Good luck with the next chapter, Ian.
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05/11/2020 13:01:13 10 0
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So sad to hear of Ian's forced retirement. Just hope Ineos have the sense to find a role for him as his experience and commitment speaks for itself. Would be a travesty if he does not continue to be involved in one way or other. Good luck Ian.
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05/11/2020 13:02:44 22 0
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No one will miss him more than the other cyclists - he must've been brilliant to tuck in behind during headwinds. He's a big laddie for sure. Now get him into coaching, talented and likeable with it, he's a brilliant role model for young cyclists.
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Ed
05/11/2020 13:03:07 9 0
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Watching him out fox three riders from another team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to win was amazing.
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05/11/2020 14:17:24 2 0
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They overcooked it trying to stay ahead of a following group and not by respecting one of the biggest engines in road racing they gave him a chance.... the look on Terpstra and Boonens faces towards the end is an absolute picture cos they know they've thrown it away ....
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05/11/2020 13:06:49 15 0
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I've enjoyed watching Yogi since he first came on the scene. "Jump on the back guys there's a train coming through" Yogi at the front and others often struggling even in a slipscreen. Such a pity but arthritis is a painful and debilitating disease and doesn't like being pushed, it just gets worse. Good luck to him and his family, he will be sorely missed.
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05/11/2020 13:07:31 8 0
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Sorry to hear this but what an engine! I'm sure he made some backmarkers suffer when leading the peloton.
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05/11/2020 13:14:20 12 0
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Ian Stannard was at the heart of a fantastic team and he had the ability to win a Classic and came close in the Paris-Tours but he selflessly drove forward for the benefit of the team and its GC hopeful. He drove the team forward and gave everything everyday for others. I am not one who believes that people in sport, should be awarded automatic honours but Ian Stannard should be hounred
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05/11/2020 13:17:40 12 0
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We were lucky enough to see him win the Tour of Britain stage that finished in Tatton Park. A great rider, and support for the Sky/Ineos team. Wishing him all the best for the future.
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05/11/2020 13:18:18 15 0
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A fantastic domestique who has helped the likes of Wiggins, Frome and Thomas achieve immortality. Always willing to put the effort in for the team and on occasion allowed to show what he was really capable of.
I will miss him in the peloton and as others have said hopefully Team Ineos will find a role for him.
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05/11/2020 13:18:25 15 2
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Loved watching Stannard in the one day races, as said below, outfoxing 3 Quick Step riders in OHN in 2015 was incredible!
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05/11/2020 13:18:37 15 0
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Ian, you were an absolute beast of a rider. It’s been inspiring to watch the sheer power you blew many away with. Best of luck with your future
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05/11/2020 13:23:49 17 0
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Very sad to read this. That's the worlds first diesel engined bike into retirement then lol. The man's contribution has been colossal & a joy to watch.

Whatever comes next I wish him all the best & as pain free a life as possible.
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05/11/2020 12:32:11 12 0
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At 33, those cycling joints have done the work of a 75 year old
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05/11/2020 13:24:32 8 0
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He has rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect people of almost any age, regardless of whether they are active or not, which is terrible luck for a professional athlete
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05/11/2020 20:10:08 0 0
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I just stated 'those cycling joints have done the work of a 75 year old'

Which they have....if not more. I didn't say it was anything to do with this diagnosis did I?
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05/11/2020 13:25:16 23 0
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Absolute monster of a bike rider, selflessly pulling huge turns in the cause of others. The ultimate unsung hero. Loved watching him ride.
He was no George Hincapie but he tried. And before any of the clueless newbies say anything - they all flavour their food with hot sauce. Removed
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05/11/2020 13:29:14 24 0
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What a nice change, a comments list packed with additions from real fans, all with fond memories and best wishes.
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05/11/2020 13:37:10 5 0
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...and then along came kloppo (13:30)
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05/11/2020 13:30:52 1 54
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Normally cyclists have asthma?
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05/11/2020 13:47:39 11 0
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Some people seem to have over reacted to your comment. But yes many top athletes have asthma to varying degrees. The medication can be controversial as Chris Froome found recently since some can see it as an advantage since it's used to open up the airways. By the way if people suffer from asthma cycling is a good way to keep it under control.
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05/11/2020 16:14:24 2 0
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Look up exercise induced asthma (EIA). Then consider whether your comment showed any form of understanding of elite cycling or even elite sport in general. Just to help you, EIA is caused by athletes pushing their lungs to the point where they start to fail.
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05/11/2020 13:34:28 2 0
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Few cyclists will have moments that top the 2015 Omloop win. Will go down in legend for all who witnessed it. Chapeau.
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05/11/2020 13:35:57 11 0
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Reply to kloppo. Massive disrespect here with your comment.
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05/11/2020 13:29:14 24 0
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What a nice change, a comments list packed with additions from real fans, all with fond memories and best wishes.
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05/11/2020 13:37:10 5 0
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...and then along came kloppo (13:30)
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CM1
05/11/2020 11:41:13 104 1
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Class rider - did a lot of the unseen donkey work throughout his career and can retire with his head held high. Not many bike riders can claim to have been in a multiple TDF winning team. Would have been great for him to have won a classic but third in Paris-Roubaix and British Champion to boot ain't too shabby at all! All the best in retirement, Ian
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05/11/2020 13:40:10 7 0
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Couldn't have put it better!
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05/11/2020 13:46:21 11 0
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a really nasty disease,that can effect a lot more than just your joints.good luck to him
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05/11/2020 13:30:52 1 54
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Normally cyclists have asthma?
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05/11/2020 13:47:39 11 0
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Some people seem to have over reacted to your comment. But yes many top athletes have asthma to varying degrees. The medication can be controversial as Chris Froome found recently since some can see it as an advantage since it's used to open up the airways. By the way if people suffer from asthma cycling is a good way to keep it under control.
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05/11/2020 16:12:00 0 0
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The dose of salbutamol that got Chris Froome into strife was at a concentration about one twentieth of that required to have any beneficial effect.
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05/11/2020 13:48:33 6 0
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Saw Stannard win that Tour of Britain stage we lived in Cheshire at the time and we watched the start intending to pick them up about forty kms from the end and have time to get back round to the finish when he passed me about two and a half minutes clear at my vantage spot there was no point bothering with the finish , got some great photos though
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05/11/2020 13:59:53 11 0
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An inspiration. There'll be a big gap in the peloton.....
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05/11/2020 14:00:59 13 0
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That's very young to be getting arthritis. Such a shame to see a talented sportsperson gutted by chronic disease like this.

All the best, Ian, and I hope you keep yourself fit and well.
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05/11/2020 14:49:05 5 0
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this is not osteo-arthritis from wear and tear, it's a full on immune disease.
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05/11/2020 14:04:12 16 0
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Absolute respect. Pro cyclists experience a level of physical discomfort and pain that many other sports people never know. Best wishes to Ian in life's next chapter.
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05/11/2020 14:09:11 6 2
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No TdF stage win mentions???
Wasn’t it Stannard who stalked two promising French climbers up a mountain (Bardet/ Pinot?) then burned them off at the top for a win once?
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:12:29 2 0
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That was one of my favourite TdF stage finishes of all time. Amazingly physical and tactical finish.
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05/11/2020 14:14:36 2 0
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Stannard never won a TdF stage but he was a key domestique for Sky on some of the flatter stages. Came close a few times.
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05/11/2020 16:07:54 2 0
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Unfortunately not. You are thinking of Steve Cummings of MTN-Qhubeka (Mandela Day 2015), who was a similar type of rider to Ian Stannard.
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05/11/2020 14:11:56 24 1
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A great rider and so pleasing to read the recognition given to Ian in this article and, especially, the HYS comments. A real pleasure to read everyone's comments and memories, which is clearly not only mine, given the number likes. All the best, Ian.
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05/11/2020 14:09:11 6 2
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No TdF stage win mentions???
Wasn’t it Stannard who stalked two promising French climbers up a mountain (Bardet/ Pinot?) then burned them off at the top for a win once?
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:12:29 2 0
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That was one of my favourite TdF stage finishes of all time. Amazingly physical and tactical finish.
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:15:08 4 0
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..but I think it was Steve Cummings not Stannard! ;)
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05/11/2020 14:09:11 6 2
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No TdF stage win mentions???
Wasn’t it Stannard who stalked two promising French climbers up a mountain (Bardet/ Pinot?) then burned them off at the top for a win once?
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05/11/2020 14:14:36 2 0
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Stannard never won a TdF stage but he was a key domestique for Sky on some of the flatter stages. Came close a few times.
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:12:29 2 0
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That was one of my favourite TdF stage finishes of all time. Amazingly physical and tactical finish.
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:15:08 4 0
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..but I think it was Steve Cummings not Stannard! ;)
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05/11/2020 15:28:01 1 0
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They are kind of variations on a theme visually, as riders quite different.
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05/11/2020 15:53:07 2 0
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Ian im so sorry if you’re reading, hope you can smile after that mistake, you and Steve Cummings both legends for doing the donkey work for so long.
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Ed
05/11/2020 13:03:07 9 0
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Watching him out fox three riders from another team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to win was amazing.
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05/11/2020 14:17:24 2 0
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They overcooked it trying to stay ahead of a following group and not by respecting one of the biggest engines in road racing they gave him a chance.... the look on Terpstra and Boonens faces towards the end is an absolute picture cos they know they've thrown it away ....
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05/11/2020 14:18:59 13 1
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Unfortunately he will not be remembered like his team leaders. I hope he can afford to live somewhere kinder to arthritis.
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05/11/2020 15:04:28 2 3
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I would be too worried about, he will have done very well for himself.
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05/11/2020 15:05:42 0 0
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He should be fine, he was riding for one of (if not) the best funded teams in world cycling. No one in that team is paid poorly as any other team in the peloton would be after them like a shot.
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05/11/2020 14:31:44 13 1
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Ian Stannard entered a Cheshire 25 TT, 7 or 8 years ago.
I saw him getting on his turbo as I rode out of the HQ carpark, did the race and then rode back slowly. He was sitting-up on the turbo with his legs turning gently, stripped to the waist and glistening with sweat, towelling himself down.
So he'd been on that turbo for probably 1 3/4 hours - then went and won it, set a new course record.
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05/11/2020 14:31:51 23 0
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Always remember the work he did for Cav when he won WC, he was pivitol to the win.
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You
05/11/2020 14:33:31 3 21
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and they want people to cycle more and not drive their cars. Monsters.
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05/11/2020 16:54:01 6 1
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I don't think a Potter to the local shops or a 20 mile casual ride at the weekend has quite the same impact on the body as riding 200k at 25+mph!
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05/11/2020 17:10:42 2 0
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Your comment just shows how little you know about either cycling or rheumatoid arthritis.
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05/11/2020 14:45:09 7 0
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Great cyclist, so strong. I am wondering whether the modern training regimes are worse than the doping days from a health perspective. Boardman's osteoporosis comes to mind as does Froome's massive scale of breaks after his awful crash.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease. Pro's immune systems are so shot they should sheild! Power/weight is great is bones are light.
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05/11/2020 16:02:59 6 0
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Sebastian Coe once said that when he was at his peak as an athlete he was incredibly fit but very unhealthy. Elite sportsmen and women put all their physical resources into competing and very often this is at the expense of their everyday health.
I hope that Ian Stannard will not suffer too greatly for his past exertions and will enjoy the best possible health off the bike. Chapeau.
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05/11/2020 14:00:59 13 0
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That's very young to be getting arthritis. Such a shame to see a talented sportsperson gutted by chronic disease like this.

All the best, Ian, and I hope you keep yourself fit and well.
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05/11/2020 14:49:05 5 0
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this is not osteo-arthritis from wear and tear, it's a full on immune disease.
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Al
05/11/2020 14:51:14 11 0
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One of the abiding memories of the 10's, Ian Stannard at the front of a Grand Tour Peloton.
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RLF
05/11/2020 14:59:14 12 0
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I shall miss shouting for my favourite hard-working English rider. Hope that the r-a is able to be managed. At only 33, hope that he doesn't suffer for many years to come, after all of the suffering on the bike. Hopefully, medication is always getting better towards managing diseases.
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05/11/2020 14:59:15 20 0
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I rememeber racing with Stannard when he was a junior. He raced in a an E/1/2 race with us and attacked from the start with some big names riding. He ran out of gas and I managed to pass him about 300metres from the finish line. it was an amazing ride considering he was only 16/17 yrs old at the time.

All the best in retirement, it is a privilege to say that I once raced with you.
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05/11/2020 14:18:59 13 1
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Unfortunately he will not be remembered like his team leaders. I hope he can afford to live somewhere kinder to arthritis.
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05/11/2020 15:04:28 2 3
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I would be too worried about, he will have done very well for himself.
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05/11/2020 15:26:45 0 0
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Each time he was on the winning team at the TDF he'll have pocketed a 50k share of the prize money. As a premium domestique and classics contender he was probably on £300-500k at Sky at his peak.

Any non stagliere rider worth bringing to the TDF with a world tour team will be making £100k plus.
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05/11/2020 14:18:59 13 1
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Unfortunately he will not be remembered like his team leaders. I hope he can afford to live somewhere kinder to arthritis.
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05/11/2020 15:05:42 0 0
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He should be fine, he was riding for one of (if not) the best funded teams in world cycling. No one in that team is paid poorly as any other team in the peloton would be after them like a shot.
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05/11/2020 12:01:30 57 0
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My favourite memory is off him beating three Etixx-Quick Step riders to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2015. Not only was he the only Brit to win that race, he won it twice. Well done Yogi!
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05/11/2020 15:07:26 9 0
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Yup - as soon as I heard this story I dug out a youtube video of this - one of those wonderful cycling moments where the favourite(s) are beaten. This, together with Steve Cummings victory in Mende still my favourite 'unseen hero' moments
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05/11/2020 15:09:36 9 0
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So sorry to hear the news. Far to young to be affected with this horrible disease. I hope he finds some relief from the pain.
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05/11/2020 15:04:28 2 3
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I would be too worried about, he will have done very well for himself.
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05/11/2020 15:26:45 0 0
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Each time he was on the winning team at the TDF he'll have pocketed a 50k share of the prize money. As a premium domestique and classics contender he was probably on £300-500k at Sky at his peak.

Any non stagliere rider worth bringing to the TDF with a world tour team will be making £100k plus.
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05/11/2020 21:03:34 0 0
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Not a lot considering what it takes to get to that point.
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:15:08 4 0
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..but I think it was Steve Cummings not Stannard! ;)
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05/11/2020 15:28:01 1 0
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They are kind of variations on a theme visually, as riders quite different.
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05/11/2020 15:32:09 21 0
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His win at Omloop 2015 was one of the best wins of the last 10 years. Taking on half the Quickstep team single handed and winning by a combination of tactical nouse and raw endurance was pretty legendary.
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05/11/2020 15:37:13 9 0
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A great team rider who, when given the freedom, showed how good he was. Saw him win his British Champs jersey in 2012. Absolutely awesome display. Sad his career has ended like this but left a legacy to be proud of.
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05/11/2020 15:47:14 18 0
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What lovely tributes to someone most of us have not met or even seen.
Says everything about the stature and calibre of Ian.
He and his family should feel very proud.
The remarkable mental and physical strength he has shown in his beloved sport will undoubtedly help in his battle for health.
All of us will be rooting for you, Ian.
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05/11/2020 15:49:19 11 0
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Thank you for the joy you have brought to the people. Now it is time for you and your family.
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Tom
05/11/2020 14:15:08 4 0
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..but I think it was Steve Cummings not Stannard! ;)
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05/11/2020 15:53:07 2 0
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Ian im so sorry if you’re reading, hope you can smile after that mistake, you and Steve Cummings both legends for doing the donkey work for so long.
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05/11/2020 15:59:37 6 0
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What a great shame wonderful bike rider hope he has a great retirement you r luck
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05/11/2020 14:45:09 7 0
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Great cyclist, so strong. I am wondering whether the modern training regimes are worse than the doping days from a health perspective. Boardman's osteoporosis comes to mind as does Froome's massive scale of breaks after his awful crash.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease. Pro's immune systems are so shot they should sheild! Power/weight is great is bones are light.
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05/11/2020 16:02:59 6 0
bbc
Sebastian Coe once said that when he was at his peak as an athlete he was incredibly fit but very unhealthy. Elite sportsmen and women put all their physical resources into competing and very often this is at the expense of their everyday health.
I hope that Ian Stannard will not suffer too greatly for his past exertions and will enjoy the best possible health off the bike. Chapeau.
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05/11/2020 14:09:11 6 2
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No TdF stage win mentions???
Wasn’t it Stannard who stalked two promising French climbers up a mountain (Bardet/ Pinot?) then burned them off at the top for a win once?
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05/11/2020 16:07:54 2 0
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Unfortunately not. You are thinking of Steve Cummings of MTN-Qhubeka (Mandela Day 2015), who was a similar type of rider to Ian Stannard.
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05/11/2020 16:08:11 4 0
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A genuine hard man of the peloton, he'll be missed.
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05/11/2020 13:47:39 11 0
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Some people seem to have over reacted to your comment. But yes many top athletes have asthma to varying degrees. The medication can be controversial as Chris Froome found recently since some can see it as an advantage since it's used to open up the airways. By the way if people suffer from asthma cycling is a good way to keep it under control.
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05/11/2020 16:12:00 0 0
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The dose of salbutamol that got Chris Froome into strife was at a concentration about one twentieth of that required to have any beneficial effect.
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05/11/2020 13:30:52 1 54
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Normally cyclists have asthma?
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05/11/2020 16:14:24 2 0
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Look up exercise induced asthma (EIA). Then consider whether your comment showed any form of understanding of elite cycling or even elite sport in general. Just to help you, EIA is caused by athletes pushing their lungs to the point where they start to fail.
Wasting you're time telling that cretin anything , it will be back with more bullshine. Removed
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05/11/2020 16:16:28 5 0
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A is pants , you will find another outlet in time , best wishes and thanks for your effort and talent
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05/11/2020 11:58:39 27 0
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The end of the diesel engine.
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05/11/2020 16:17:47 0 3
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Not quite. Have a look at a certain Mr Dumoulin from Holland.
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05/11/2020 16:20:44 22 0
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My memory of the early years of Sky is "when the going gets tough, send for Stannard", then watch in awe as all the other teams struggle to keep up. Top man, top rider. Best of health and luck for the future.
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05/11/2020 16:14:24 2 0
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Look up exercise induced asthma (EIA). Then consider whether your comment showed any form of understanding of elite cycling or even elite sport in general. Just to help you, EIA is caused by athletes pushing their lungs to the point where they start to fail.
Wasting you're time telling that cretin anything , it will be back with more bullshine. Removed
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05/11/2020 16:41:09 9 0
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A keen competitive cyclist myself, I was faced with a similar situation a few years ago.
Believe me, prolonging his career at a lower level in return for a lifetime of constant pain is not worth it, he's made the right decision.
A legend to those who know, hard to replace his work ethic and teamwork.
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You
05/11/2020 14:33:31 3 21
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and they want people to cycle more and not drive their cars. Monsters.
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05/11/2020 16:54:01 6 1
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I don't think a Potter to the local shops or a 20 mile casual ride at the weekend has quite the same impact on the body as riding 200k at 25+mph!
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05/11/2020 17:04:02 6 0
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Total respect for the man, more than a superdomestique, but happy to be loyal team rider, amongst his many great rides i still rate the part he played in Cavs worlds victory as one of the best, chapeau sir.
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You
05/11/2020 14:33:31 3 21
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and they want people to cycle more and not drive their cars. Monsters.
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05/11/2020 17:10:42 2 0
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Your comment just shows how little you know about either cycling or rheumatoid arthritis.
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05/11/2020 12:32:11 12 0
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At 33, those cycling joints have done the work of a 75 year old
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05/11/2020 17:19:21 1 0
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He has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis not osteo-arthritis, which is the disease which affects the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease and can affect the sufferer at any age.
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05/11/2020 17:29:10 6 0
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Awesome rider
Let’s hope Ineos and British cycling can keep him involved in some why mentoring new talent
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05/11/2020 18:03:03 2 1
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That is a shame indeed. My running career ended for the same reason, I empathise with him.
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05/11/2020 18:40:23 4 0
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Big man, huge talent, colossal team member.
So impressive when he was on the front, and he cast a big shadow and gave a huge slip stream !!

Wish the article was a tad clearer, because altho it does say he has Rheumatoid Arthritis, it later just says arthritis.
Very different conditions.
RA can bring anyone to their knees, and the treatments for RA can also take their toll.

Hercules on a bike ??
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05/11/2020 20:54:29 3 0
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RA isn't a good disease but can be managed with certain meds, Methotrexate, Prednisone etc. I'm still cycling ten years after diagnosis but at seventy not very fast??. Seen the big man a few times over the years, a powerhouse. There'll be a roll for him somewhere with his experience. Good luck to him.
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05/11/2020 18:58:14 6 0
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Legend of the peleton, pity the general public only hear of Wiggins/Froome etc. They will be the first to acknowledge the huge part he played in their success.
Good luck for the future
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05/11/2020 13:24:32 8 0
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He has rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect people of almost any age, regardless of whether they are active or not, which is terrible luck for a professional athlete
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05/11/2020 20:10:08 0 0
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I just stated 'those cycling joints have done the work of a 75 year old'

Which they have....if not more. I didn't say it was anything to do with this diagnosis did I?
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05/11/2020 20:16:56 6 0
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A gentleman and true sportsman, will be sadly missed. Has supported all the key leads employed by Sky and Ineos, as well as ridden some great rides as an individual. All the best for the future Ian.
Last seen heading to Old Trafford as Ole loves a person who can lead from the front with high levels of fitness.

However, as he's untested in the Premier League, and never kicked a ball in anger in his life, they can only offer him £200K a week with added bonuses for game time

Ole was quoted saying 'he's the last piece in the jigsaw, now we push for the league'
Removed
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05/11/2020 18:40:23 4 0
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Big man, huge talent, colossal team member.
So impressive when he was on the front, and he cast a big shadow and gave a huge slip stream !!

Wish the article was a tad clearer, because altho it does say he has Rheumatoid Arthritis, it later just says arthritis.
Very different conditions.
RA can bring anyone to their knees, and the treatments for RA can also take their toll.

Hercules on a bike ??
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05/11/2020 20:54:29 3 0
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RA isn't a good disease but can be managed with certain meds, Methotrexate, Prednisone etc. I'm still cycling ten years after diagnosis but at seventy not very fast??. Seen the big man a few times over the years, a powerhouse. There'll be a roll for him somewhere with his experience. Good luck to him.
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05/11/2020 15:26:45 0 0
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Each time he was on the winning team at the TDF he'll have pocketed a 50k share of the prize money. As a premium domestique and classics contender he was probably on £300-500k at Sky at his peak.

Any non stagliere rider worth bringing to the TDF with a world tour team will be making £100k plus.
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05/11/2020 21:03:34 0 0
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Not a lot considering what it takes to get to that point.
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05/11/2020 21:07:40 4 0
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Hopefully he'll get to sit in the race cars of a team after the de training. His experience will be highly sought after. Consider who he has worked with.
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05/11/2020 21:44:32 2 0
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He's got the Strava
KOM up the Colby Glen Road. Legend.
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06/11/2020 11:06:10 0 0
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Awesome to watch. Cycling fans know who won the jerseys for Froome, Wiggins et al. All the best big man.