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Olano to retire in 02 (about time!) (d'oh! did i say that?)(4 posts)

Olano to retire in 02 (about time!) (d'oh! did i say that?)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 3, 2002 5:19 AM
wow, i loved watching him ride in 95 and 96, but geez...what have you done for me lately? sad to see him go. he's one of those guys with an unmistakable riding style (easy to pick out of a small pack). always wondered what it was about him. was it the 95 or 96 giro where he totally suffered in the mountains, and came out the hero (martyr?)?

"One of Spain's best cyclists, Abraham Olano, announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the 2002 season "to live a life without pressure and fully enjoy my family."

The 32-year-old Olano said he made the decision to retire the day before the Spanish championships last weekend despite the fact that he and ONCE were planning on Olano racing one more season.

"I began to realize things were changing when, as a cyclist whose life is based on suffering and training alone, I would be sad to go on training rides. I missed my family when I was traveling and I began to wonder about retiring, the moment is now," Olano said.

Olano won just about every laurel in cycling, save the Tour de France. He won the world title in 1995, an Olympic silver medal at the 1996 time trial and the 1998 Vuelta a Espana. Olano had the unfortunate pressure of being expected to fill the shoes left by Miguel Indurain when the five-time Tour champion retired in 1996. Olano's best result at the Tour was fourth overall in 1997.

Olano said he will race in the Tour as expected and continue to race through the season "but I will try to enjoy more as I approach the end of my professional life." "
what has he done lately?gregario
Jul 3, 2002 5:32 AM
while it's only one race, but it IS the National Championships...he placed 2nd a few days ago.
2nd Giro d'Italia last year, also (nm)Wayne
Jul 3, 2002 5:37 AM
[not yet removing foot from mouth ---->] nmJS Haiku Shop
Jul 3, 2002 5:43 AM