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Ian Stannard retires

Just seen on Ineos instagram page - due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Will never forget his win over the 3 QS in the 2015 Oomloop

Poor guy.

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  • nickicenickice Posts: 2,439
    Agreed. He never really hit the heights of 2014-2016 (actually even 2016 Paris-Roubaix was more about being in the right place at the right time) so, I wonder if this is connected.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 3,834
    Such a shame. hope it doesn't overly affect his daily activities.
    Thanks for the memories Yogi!
  • gethincerigethinceri Posts: 1,159
    nickice said:

    Agreed. He never really hit the heights of 2014-2016 (actually even 2016 Paris-Roubaix was more about being in the right place at the right time) so, I wonder if this is connected.

    i don’t intend to be inflammatory, but i’m interested in more on view regarding 2016
  • nickicenickice Posts: 2,439

    nickice said:

    Agreed. He never really hit the heights of 2014-2016 (actually even 2016 Paris-Roubaix was more about being in the right place at the right time) so, I wonder if this is connected.

    i don’t intend to be inflammatory, but i’m interested in more on view regarding 2016
    I'm not saying he didn't ride a good race. I just think Paris-Roubaix is one of those races where the stars can align especially when you look at some of the surprise winners over the years.
  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,860
    edited November 2020
    Stannard had the benefit of a bang in form Luke Rowe put in a huge effort for him, as he'd crashed and chased back on so knew he wouldn't make the final.

    That being said, he has had a stellar career and should not be disappointed in the slightest. 2013 Milan San Remo was my favourite performance by him (I'm a Boonen fan so was slightly gutted about Het Volk, although still impressed)
  • r0bhr0bh Posts: 1,470
  • That 2015 heist is still one of my favourite cycling moments ever. Can remember laughing like a loon for about five minutes afterwards - it was just so utterly ridiculous. Shame he's having to retire, but he deserves every bit of praise he receives in reaction to it.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 9,146
    Oufff bloody awful condition. Very British roadman vibe about his career. Not sure what that is but it sounds right
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  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,053
    Yeah that was one of best races I can remember watching, just waiting for OPS to start working him over and the awesome way it panned out - saw him riding on Zwift at the start of Lockdown 1 so dropped him a quick fanboi DM to say so.
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,228

    That 2015 heist is still one of my favourite cycling moments ever. Can remember laughing like a loon for about five minutes afterwards - it was just so utterly ridiculous. Shame he's having to retire, but he deserves every bit of praise he receives in reaction to it.

    he's been a decent presence in bike racing, and showed that he had the measure of other world class talents. i actually prefer his win over terpstra because well, its terpstra. but was in a bar in kortrijk on the day he battered these 3 in 2015.


    been away from the sharp end for a little while now but will be missed.

  • ProssPross Posts: 27,098
    Real shame, proper old school cyclist. If he'd been Belgian he would probably have been a proper folk hero.
  • roscoeroscoe Posts: 98
    Awesome rider, complete unsung hero.

    Wonder if they’ll offer him a DS spot.
  • Matti66Matti66 Posts: 188
    edited November 2020
    Hope he gets good treatment for the condition , Autoimmune stuff is tricky.

    Saw get him -get his last win in TOB - on a wet day ( obv!) . Motoring along pulling nils Pollet and rest of the break along . Strong man , shame for him but its not like he hasn’t some nice memories and got a PR podium. The broken back at Ghent Wevelgem slowed his career down perhaps. Any way I hope he has good retirement in whatever comes in the next half.


  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,932
    oh i hadnt realised it was for medical reasons that sucks and he's so young as well
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