Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/Katusha) on his way to the startFlËche Wallonne 2016
  • “He doesn’t need much training to be at a high level again. Maybe in the end it will be a very good decision to do those races,” he said. “We hope he surprises us all.”

    “If the team obliges me to ride the races that remain on the calendar, I haven’t any other choice but to get back on my bike and participate, whether that pleases me or not.”

    Wow. ?

  • Violaine

    End your career at the Olympics, or end your career in Abu Dhabi… That’s a different type of retirement, for sure… I feel sorry for him.

  • jules

    he’s contracted to ride until Dec 31 and team wants him to do a few more races under contract. Purito would rather continue being paid while kicking his heels up. his team weren’t so keen. this is not really a huge controversy, is it? at the end of the day it’s a job. I doubt the team will be pleasantly surprised with his results, but I’ll be watching with interest!

    • Robert Merkel

      Beer handups for Purito on the Sormano!

  • Mickey McMook

    What really happened was that Ekimov and his henchman, doper Duffy Duffeleer were quite angry that Purito
    decided (spontaneously) to retire at the end of the Olympic road race. They started the Vuelta without a leader
    (as JRod was supposed to ride Vuelta) and it caught the team short. Purito was ready to forego the final 5 months
    of his contract (400.000 eur) but there were other extenuating circumstances that allowed Ekimov and
    doper Duffy Duffeleer (team business manager) to force Rodriguez to ride. Pretty sad way to run a team…

  • Dave

    It would be interesting to know if Purito had negotiated his own contract which did not allow him to choose when to retire, or if a rider agent had done the sloppy job for him.

    If the latter, this news might prompt other riders represented by the same agent to have a close look at what their contracts contain, and consider buying a couple of conditions back from their teams.

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