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In a cyclingnews story, it seems that Matty Lloyd (Giro Mtn Jersey winner) has been released from Lotto due to "behavioural issues"
Matty free from Omega
Any idea what the story is ? There is no real hint 'what' the issues were
Reading between the lines of the team announcement and his own rambling statement quoted in the article, I'm guessing the slow recovery from what seems to have been a pretty serious injury combined with impatience and team politics towards a foreign national seems to have done his head in.
you must have an amazing crystal ball ! perhaps one of those seeing stones out of the lord of the rings. .
what he said:
"As some people have come to notice (including myself), the tour of Catalunya in spain was in a word: participation-less.. Iâ€™m not going to try and smash everyoneâ€™s eye-balls in with different physical and mental reasons trying to justify why I didâ€™nt race, but it wasnâ€™t happening. Obviously!! So whatâ€™s the next step youâ€™re asking?â€¦ Letâ€™s look further north to an area a little south-west of the PyrÃ©nÃ©es mountains named the PaÃs Vasco, or Basque Country from an english-speaking perspective. Iâ€™ll be starting there in the ridgid chopped up and forested tapography of San Sebastianâ€™s hinterland. The ups-and downs will no doubt kick in some solid stimulation to my little muscles that havenâ€™t yet seen the worlds cycling scene this year, let alone since late October 2010. An interesting proposition no doubtâ€¦â€¦.
Of late, subconscious elements have crept in slowly and steadily leading to a bogus phase of being so eager to be involved mixed with the slow process of recovery we cannot be 100% sure the first race will be of the highest quality, but thankfully the people surrounding me have blessed me with the confidence to once again feel the heat around the corner. Not to mention a brilliant team whoâ€™ve given me the opportunity to once again step it up a notch in order to remain directly driven towards the event I anticipate the most- The Giro Dâ€™Italia.. If Ivâ€™e been bleeding in places you cant see, and feeling the affects of doors being locked, Iâ€™ve called the people who change the locks, and the gate is openâ€¦ All I have to do is â€˜opan the gateâ€™..
Many people say â€˜dont let yourself get attachet to annything you are youre not willing to feel the ramifications around the cornerâ€™.. But this corner (as twisted as it may have been) is behind me, and I refuse to look behind as my character fails to let me do so, particularly disliking the place I was sitting in. So Iâ€™ll face the concequences Iâ€™ve attached myself with. through the assistance of particular and fattest crew of understanding people of these life-style changes. As we amble out of the nutural zone in the race to come, these elements will unquestionably bring about an inner center-punch I have never felf beforeâ€¦ And before long, Iâ€™ll be in the module that has brought me so much love and enjoyment! Peace Matty L"
what they said
"Our team's image cannot be connected to Matthew's behaviour any more," reads a statement from the team, "therefore the unanimous decision taken by the BCC board of directors. We follow a policy of zero tolerance of which we cannot divert."
The teamâ€™s release does not cite an official reason for the ending of Lloydâ€™s contract but, given the prevailing climate in the sport, is keen to stress that â€œit is not about the use of performance enhancing drugs.â€
i agree with TG. matty is known as an eccentric and OPL are not known for treating foreign (non-belgian) riders well.
pro cycling is cut-throat - JV seems to have lost patience with trent lowe at garmin after he got sick and didn't perform. matty lloyd may have suffered a similar fate - climber's jersey in the Giro one year, injured the next --> obsolete.
All sorts of suggestions on other forums - anywhere from depression to links with Green Edge.
Either way, hope he is OK and shows them the mistake they made.
Lends even more background as to why Cadel left ...
That's my guess having read his blog
It's a bit warmer here than Scotland isn't it!
i won't speculate on what exactly caused Matty's departure, but i will say i'm sure he can come out of this in a better position. As per Cadel's experience, OPL work best (lol, only?) with Belgian riders...i wonder how Greipel's time with them will go? He's done some cool stuff this season (namely winning a stage from a break), but he's a cool dude...i'd hate to see him get treated as Cadel and Matty have...
Werent they talking about the guy Vaughters sacked from Garmin-Cervelo a while ago?
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