As I said. That was right after he went through the battle with his life and wasn't sure he WANTED to race. That's when he decided he was going to retire. Total different state of mind. Read above for your second example.
Again, I am not a fan of anyone just laying down when they CAN finish, but just choose to because that is just easier. #7 included.
Please....he puts in all those training miles and focus and he wasn't sure he "wanted to race". Face it - he came back and things weren't going his way. From Ruta de Sol to P-N...he wanted to come back and expected to win immediately. He was getting beat and he quit. At least own it.
And I'm not criticizing his decision to pull over on the side of the road in P-N....but please stop with the revisionist history.
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