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Ekimov: shortest retirement in history?(17 posts)

Ekimov: shortest retirement in history?JS Haiku Shop
Jun 11, 2002 9:30 AM
Is Eki pulling a Jalabert? (no funny comments, please). I thought he was done for. He'd retired last year, then this:

"Also on the Postal roster is Viatcheslav Ekimov, who had retired at the end of last season. Ekimov, however, is back and is listed as a possible starter for the Postal team at the Tour de France."

http://velonews.com/race/int/articles/2354.0.html

Sorry if this is rehashing old news.
re: I suspect it was a question of $$$cyclopathic
Jun 11, 2002 9:46 AM
just like Tchmil early retirement this year. I guess new director sportiff isn't happy with what he has for TdF line up he desided to call him back
What new director sportif?TJeanloz
Jun 11, 2002 9:48 AM
Did I miss something? Is Johan no longer our man in the team car?
he still iscyclopathic
Jun 11, 2002 10:32 AM
but I swear I saw news a few mo back of his resignation and replacement (another belgian.. can't think of name). Was it a threat? red herring? I wonder what's going on
re: It may be the $$$ orJL
Jun 11, 2002 9:55 AM
maybe he just couldn't stand being away from the competition. Maybe while coaching his young Russian team he got caught up in their youthful competativeness and decided he wanted to come back again.

BTW, Johan B. is still the main D.S. for the tour. They did just hire another D.S. to help the team.
I think it was Eki's choice...Wannabe
Jun 11, 2002 10:00 AM
I believe it was Eki's choice to come back. The impression I get from what I've read is that being DS of that little Russian team was too much for his own competitive desire. I'm a little surprised that they are considering him for a Tour spot though. If he can get back into tour shape that fast, it is pretty impressive.

Besides, once USPS sacked Mondini (who likely would have ridden the Tour), USPS not only had a spot available but also some $$$. Ekimov for Mondini, a good trade IMO.

Andy
Landis for Hamilton?longfellow68
Jun 11, 2002 10:10 AM
Floyd Landis rode Mount Ventoux today pretty good..10th..
I think he slides in for Hamilton.
Ekimov is going to fill in for 01' Ekimov. (Did he ever loose the spot?)
Not sure any other changes... thats my guess..
Landis for Hamilton?mr_spin
Jun 11, 2002 10:49 AM
Can Landis TT? After getting Heras and Rubiera, Hamilton's role became less mountain man and more time trial man. His main job was to go hard in the time trials to generate splits that Armstrong could compare against.

Ekimov is one of the great all-rounders. If he's in form, he has to be on the Tour team.
Landis can TT(very well) and climbJS
Jun 11, 2002 12:23 PM
And Lance likes him, I think he's in for sure.
No fun picking the team...Wannabe
Jun 11, 2002 10:52 AM
I really don't envy JB in his job to pick the team. It seems he has a bunch of riders in very good form right now all making strong arguments for their inclusion in the Tour team. And face it, the competition within the team has to be FIERCE. This is a major cash cow for the riders that get a ride on the tour team. There is the winner purse (yes, yes, I know, it IS a 3-week race and anything could happen, but really, can anyone beat LA this year that is actually going to RIDE the Tour? Only chance I think is someone from ONCE) plus Lance seems to make quite the donation of his own money to the riders.

On the side regarding the intra-team competition for Tour spots, I wonder what ramifications the competition has for team dynamics for the rest of the season? Those left on the outside looking in vs. those who made the tour team? I know these guys are professionals and all, but they must all have sizeable egos...

In:
Lance
George
Roberto
Rubiera
Van de Velde
Kjaergaard

Who Else?
Pena
Landis (performing better than anyone expected I think)
Padrnos
McRae (new US PRO Champ)
White
Barry (good climber)
Joachim

Tough decisions to be sure. Pena won that race earlier this year but what has he shown since? Landis, though young, I agree is probably in. What about Barry? This tour will be won in the mountains and he's a strong climber. Picking Landis and Barry plus Heras and Rubiera gives solid support for Lance in the hills plus leaves for spots open for rolleurs on the flats: Eki, George, Vande Velde and who? Kjaergaard? Pena? Padrnos?

My choice:
Lance (duh)
Hincapie
Heras
Rubiera
Landis
Barry
Vande Velde
Kjaergaard
Pena

Tough choices...

Andy
You may be right...Wayne
Jun 11, 2002 10:13 AM
although I don't know how much of it was Ekimov calling up and saying he wanted to ride again. If I remember correctly the reason he retired was that USPS didn't renew his contract, not just that he had decided to call it quits. Maybe with tour time around the corner, and the Mondini factor, they decided letting Ekimov go wasn't the wisest of choices and put in a call.
Contract...Wannabe
Jun 11, 2002 10:31 AM
Yeah, I've heard two versions of the contract/retirement thingy. One in which Eki's contract was not renewed. But I found that odd when both USPS and Eki the year before talked about how Eki was given a "life contract" with Postal. As in, as long as he wanted a ride, there was a place on USPS for him. I don't know which to believe and at this point I really don't think it matters. But I am happy he is riding again. Ever watch the Road to Paris documentary and Eki's comments about the USPS team?

Andy
here is an interview with Ekkicyclopathic
Jun 11, 2002 10:41 AM
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/index.php?id=2002/apr02/apr04news
yeah, yeah, I know...Wannabe
Jun 11, 2002 11:43 AM
But that doesn't affect mine or many others' recollection of a life contract between the two previously. But it doesn't matter now anyway.
what about dede demet-barryEpicX
Jun 11, 2002 11:40 AM
she got 3rd in philly this weekend.
She was "retired" for a full 20months though!Wannabe
Jun 11, 2002 11:44 AM
And won the Montreal World Cup a couple weeks ago...

Andy
I'd bet Ekki is in better shapecyclopathic
Jun 11, 2002 7:14 PM
then he was before he "retired". With many of pros burn out is a common problem. He got a good rest now and judging by interview he didn't stop riding or slowed down.