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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,725
    Poor lad! I was wondering yesterday what was up when he pulled out of another race.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,774
    Hope he resolves whatever is going on and does what makes him happy.

    Amazing to think it’s not that many years ago we thought we’d have a longish period of him dominating sprints.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 2,025
    It was coming really. Must have been on big money.

    He’s 30 now. I suspect he might be done as a top level sprinter.

    I hope he gets well. Whatever it is.
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,594
    It doesnt feel like he's coming back eh?

    Bless him, good luck to you Marcel
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • gweedsgweeds Posts: 2,025
    99th in a race he used to win for fun.

    Hard road back from this.
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 2,510
    Likewise hope he discovers what is wrong and manages to recover from it.
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,390
    A bit worrying for the future of the 'German super team'. What are the chances of Alpecin hanging around much longer now?
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,725
    prawny wrote:
    A bit worrying for the future of the 'German super team'. What are the chances of Alpecin hanging around much longer now?

    What German super team?
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,390
    Am I behind the times a bit? I thought that was the plan for Katusha long term, the rolling out of the Russians and rolling in of the Germans?

    TBF I've not been keeping up with the movements over the last few months, I didn't notice Tony Martin leaving.
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  • Lanterne_RogueLanterne_Rogue Posts: 2,018
    iainf72 wrote:
    Hope he resolves whatever is going on and does what makes him happy.

    Amazing to think it’s not that many years ago we thought we’d have a longish period of him dominating sprints.

    There's a story that the famous test pilot Eric "Winkle" Brown used to tell about his record for flying the most carrier landings of any pilot in history. The US military had rather a thing for setting new records, and fancied taking this one for themselves. An ace pilot was selected and ordered to do nothing but take off and land for as long as it took. Apparently he managed to get about halfway before the inevitable nervous collapse.

    I've always felt there was something similar about Kittel in relationship to Cavendish. There was a period of a year or two where he was clearly better than the Cavendish he was racing, and a lot of hype about how he could eclipse him, but it always seemed to me to underestimate quite how staggeringly successful Cavendish had been during his own imperial phase. It just seems to me that Kittel was always being asked - and expected - to chase an impossible target, and I never got the impression he was comfortable with falling short. Maybe I'm wrong. Hopefully the time away helps him get back to his best, and if not then his palmares are hardly to be sniffed at - he went toe to toe with the best sprinters of his generation (and in the case of Cavendish potentially the greatest pure sprinter of all time) and held his own.
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  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    I hope this is a positive step to sorting out his challenges.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,460
    edited May 2019
    Quittel hasn't got his head right - never has really. Can't suffer, and can't understand that, even if you're throwing down 2000 watts in a sprint, sometimes you don't win.

    Hope he gets his head sorted and comes back - in full flow he is absolutely devastating to watch
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • johnnymcg259johnnymcg259 Posts: 691
    he was impressive in his day - "better to burn out than just fade away" as someone once said.......?!
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 7,107
    Be cool if he did make a comeback. Hard at 30 thou.
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  • timothywtimothyw Posts: 2,482
    Be cool if he did make a comeback. Hard at 30 thou.
    Reg Harris won the national sprint title at 54....
  • Some nice words from Cav today on Twitter.
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