For Pierre Rolland , this could be the end of the road, with the two-time Tour de France stage winner considering retirement after the collapse of the B&B Hotels-KTM team. But the Frenchman holds no grudges and has spoken out in sympathy for embattled team boss Jérôme Pineau.
Rolland is one of 20 riders on the second-division French team who had a contract for 2023 but have now been left in the lurch with three weeks to go until the start of the new season.
He had already begun to contemplate the end of his career this season, eventually signing a one-year extension with B&B Hotels, a deal that is no longer valid.
He has already been linked with a return to his former team, TotalEnergies , but revealed on Thursday that he could hang up his wheels altogether.
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"I’ve had some contacts, and I maybe have the possibility to continue. But I also have the possibility to stop," Rolland told the OuestFrance newspaper, adding that "a career change" is something he’s already started planning."Honestly, it is still too early to say what I’m going to do. I’m still waiting."Rolland struck an optimistic tone that the team might continue as a third-tier Continental-level outfit in 2023, even if that appears remote. On Wednesday, the […]
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