Nico Portal RIP

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  • gweeds
    gweeds Posts: 2,564
    edited March 2020
    Jesus. Confirmed as a heart attack now.

    He always looked so bloody fit even after retirement. RIP.
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,311
    Horrible news. RIP.
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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,388
    Very sad :(
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  • Lanterne_Rogue
    Lanterne_Rogue Posts: 4,091
    Ah no. Seemed like the human face of Ineos, and despite his amazing record as a DS there was so much more to come. Feel so sorry for his family.
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,675
    xxxx that's awful news. RIP
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,812
    Absolutely shocked and stunned.
    He always had so much time for reporters and as LR says: the human face of Sky/Ineos.
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  • gregster04
    gregster04 Posts: 1,680
    What a horrible shock reading this was. Had to double-check as he did look like a fit guy and he’s only 40. RIP Nico
  • redvision
    redvision Posts: 2,958
    Absolutely awful news.
    Thoughts are with his family.

  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,919
    Very sad news. Way too young and so much more to give to the sport.
    Thoughts to his family and colleagues.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    WTF?? Shocking news.

    Poor guy, sorry for his family. Always seemed like a nice chap.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,579
    edited March 2020
    Unbelievable, so very very young.
    I don't find many things shocking these days, but this has knocked me sideways.

    His poor family.
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  • slim_boy_fat
    slim_boy_fat Posts: 1,810
    RIP Nico.
  • kingstonian
    kingstonian Posts: 2,847
    Really sad news.

    I just read on the BBC that he retired early due to an irregular heartbeat being diagnosed, so wonder if that is a factor in his tragic death.
  • salsiccia1
    salsiccia1 Posts: 3,725
    Absolutely sickening news. So sad.
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,805
    Good grief
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  • fenix
    fenix Posts: 5,437
    Awful news. So young.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,150
    edited March 2020
    It's easy to overlook his achievements as a DS. Six Tour wins with three different riders. Eight GT wins in total. He stands alongside Cyrille Guimard (who also had to stop too early)

    And he could see the big picture in those races. At the 2018 Giro he was derided for not naming the leader Yates as one of the challengers at the second rest day. But he knew.
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  • amrushton
    amrushton Posts: 1,253
    Blimey, not one you would have thought of. The older guys like Bruyneel, LeFevre maybe.
  • iainf72
    iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    RichN95. said:

    And he could see the big picture in those races. At the 2018 Giro he was derided for not naming the leader Yates as one of the challengers at the second rest day. But he knew.

    That was always the thing for me that stood out. I remember how he just didn't have him in the list of people to be worried about and was absolutely certain. And was absolutely right.

    Terrible loss. Seemed like a really good guy who was living his dream. And certainly should go down as one of the great DS's.

    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,675
    Just been watching the Geraint T Road Will Decide docu fillum thing, is on the BBC iPlayer the now. So sad seeing Nico Portal, so young. Bless him.