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by Mark Zalewski
February 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ‘I like round numbers:’ Roche pinpoints desired career end point; Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Young Cyclist Assistance recipients announced; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?; Impey, Moolman-Pasio win South African TT titles; No culture of fear at British Cycling according to former coach; Chairman of British Cycling steps down; Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies at 47; Bardet ready to start racing; Route change for Tour de Langkawi; Motorist charged with killing two cyclists routinely drove while drinking; Study claims psychological problems for people who post fitness achievements on social media; Hydrographics on a bike frame; Abu Dhabi Tour teaser video.
In an era when many riders appear to compete longer than their predecessors did before, Nicolas Roche has named the likely end point of his career and also explained why he believes that pro riders can continue longer.
“Ideally I said I’d aim for 40. Just to have a 20-year career. I like round numbers. It is a long way to go yet but I wouldn’t mind doing more seasons. I’m definitely fresh and still hungry. At the end of the day, I just love this job and I don’t want to give up on it. I think as long as I still have that kind of a vibe heading into the season, then I think I want to go for it.”
Roche is now 32 years of age. His father Stephen was just one year older when he retired from the sport in 1993. Roche junior contrasted his situation with that of the 1987 Tour winner, explaining one reason why his father called it a day when he did.
“Dad stopped early,” he states in response to a question from CyclingTips at the BMC Racing Team pre-season camp in Spain. “Today he regrets that he stopped then. I think that is just the way it was and they didn’t really think about it.
“Also, he went through a lot of injuries in his career. He wanted to come back after his injuries to prove that he wasn’t a has-been. He fought back, he made it back, had a good few results in his last Tours. He won stages in the Tour. Then he said, ‘all right, I want to stop with a good image.’ That was his choice.”
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