Procycling - - Review Of The Year 2016 -

Only a hand­ful of big names are re­tir­ing at the end of 2016, and it seems they were all rid­ing for Trek. Fabian Can­cel­lara, Fränk Sch­leck and Ry­der Hes­jedal, who all rode for the Amer­i­can team in 2016, are hang­ing up their wheels, with mul­ti­ple Clas­sics, World Cham­pi­onships, Tour top 10s and a Giro d’Italia be­tween them. Can­cel­lara will be the big­gest ab­sence – he main­tained his form into his fi­nal year, and kept up his ex­tra­or­di­nary record of win­ning at least one race ev­ery sea­son since 2001. (That to­tal of 16 sea­sons of straight wins matches Rob­bie McEwen’s mod­ern record, though Tom Boo­nen has a chance to equal this if he wins a race be­fore re­tir­ing in mid2017.) His Olympic time trial vic­tory was his fi­nal mas­ter­piece, in a long and glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

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