Farewell Eki

Ekimov nears the finish-1Fans watching on TV and on the Champs Elysses were treated to the sight of Viatcheslav Ekimov riding off the front of the peloton, waving and clapping. After that gesture, Ekimov announced that he will be retiring in September and will become a team director for Discovery. Ekimov is the old salt of the Tour, still finishing Tours at the age of 40(!). Ekimov's consistency in Tours is as astonishing: he's finished all 15 Tours he's raced in. If it weren't for his training crash last year he would likely be tying Joop Zoetemelk's record of 16. As recently as 2004 he won a silver medal in Athens and he's still a fearsome rider in the time-trial: in stage 19 he finished seventh and had the fastest time on the day until Zabriskie rolled through six seconds faster.

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