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Question about age and pro riders(10 posts)

Question about age and pro ridersJamieB
Jul 10, 2002 11:16 AM
It seems like sometimes during the tour that Liggett will make a comment about how this rider or that rider turned pro late. What age is considered late? At what age does a rider decide he/she is too old to turn pro? Thanks.
A guesselviento
Jul 10, 2002 11:26 AM
I am no expert but will give it a try anyway. Typically people turn pro in their early 20s and mature into late twenties (pay their dues and gain experience), and are in top shape from around 28-33, and then start to decline. I think this is a good overlap of human body's development with the honing of skills and experience in this sport.

But there are plenty of examples out of that range, like Ulrich winning the Tour at 23, and Muusseeww (how do you spell it anyway???), Tafi, Ludo Diercksons, etc. winning major races after 35.

Therefore if you turn pro after 25, that's considered late...
Ludo Dierckxens. Age 38. Turned pro at 29. That's late.Sintesi
Jul 10, 2002 11:35 AM
But that man has ungodly strength. You should have seen him in the Tour of Flanders last year. OMG. Old guys (as in mid 30's) tend to do well in the classics and not so well in the Tours because of recovery issues. It's not so much strength, in many ways older riders are stronger and tougher (and especially wiser), but rather being able to bounce back day after day that holds them back.

Some guys can tho. Alberto Elli was another one. He had the Yellow Jersey for awhile when he was 36 or 37 a couple years ago. Road "like a trojan" in the mountains as well.
He was a plumber in a previous career, really (nm)TJeanloz
Jul 10, 2002 11:42 AM
He was a plumber in a previous career, really (nm)merckx56
Jul 10, 2002 1:33 PM
he was actually a truck painter in a factory when he decided to go pro!
I see we read same mag!!! (he he nm)tempeteKerouak
Jul 10, 2002 1:47 PM
It's not the age, it's the miles...McAndrus
Jul 10, 2002 11:46 AM
At least that's what Ullrich said in an interview a couple of years ago. He was pondering his cycling future and said that he was thinking he'd retire early. He feels that lost ability is as much a factor of wear-and-tear as it is of age.

Dierckxens might be an example. If you turn pro late (which is unusual) you may be able to hang around longer.
Dag Otto Lauritzen turned pro at 31 i think... Massim. LellitempeteKerouak
Jul 10, 2002 1:47 PM
These guys made it for a long career...

Sean Kelly! man was he old when he quit...
I believe the junior racer classification in the Grand ToursNo_sprint
Jul 10, 2002 11:56 AM
is under 23 or 23 and under. I could be wrong.
It's actually under 25... n/mWannabe
Jul 10, 2002 12:10 PM