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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Cheers to Eki!

Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Today, 40 year old Slava Ekimov completed his 15th and final Tour de France. What an amazing rider. Multiple Olympic medalist on the road and track, world champion in the TT and loyal domestique to Armstrong in many of his Tour victories.

Disco announced today that Eki will be retiring in September and will become an assistant directeur sportif for the Discover Channel Pro Cycling team.

Eki always amazes me with how strong he can ride at his age. What a great sight today when the peleton let him ride ahead on the Champs Elysees to say goodbye to the crowd. Also great to see Eki on the attack in the last few kilometers of today's stage. What a stud.

Good luck Eki!


At July 23, 2006 6:04 PM, Blogger Dirt - LPBME said...

Dude is amazing. I also loved that Floyd and the Phonaks had Eki lead the peleton onto the Champs. What class. Phonak had earned the right but thought more of cycling to give it away.

At July 24, 2006 12:32 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

Great tribute and lots of fun to watch. Too bad he's retiring. That keeps the "most Tours finished" record in Holland with Joop Zoetemelk.

I wonder if he drinks Russian beer.


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