Maxime Marotte has announced he will no longer be racing with the Cannondale Factory Racing XC team with his future 'not clear yet'.
Maxime has been racing for the Cannondale team for 4 years and earned 12 World Cup podiums with the American brand, including a joint best-ever 2nd in Nove Mesto
earlier this month. Marotte said in his statement that while he will definitely be racing bikes next year, his future is not fully decided. We have no doubt that teams will be clamoring to sign the French rider as he is a consistent podium finisher and hopefully he can get something lined up without too much disruption to his Olympics preparation.
|The last 4 years were just an incredible adventure and the accomplishment of a dream, being a factory pilot for an American legendary brand. I met truly good persons that will stay my friends forever. I will remember all the podiums together, the vibe inside the team, our camps in South Africa, all the Gin tonics we had... I just lived my dream, thanks for that.|
When I am looking back, I am proud of what we achieve as a team, proud of what we showed... not only by results but the way we inspired people to ride bikes.
Since the decision 5 weeks ago, I had a challenging time mentally. When I am writing this post, my future is not clear yet (I will race bikes for sure) but every challenge in life is a great opportunity to grow as a person, to start something new.
I am grateful for what we lived together, thanks Cannondale.—Maxime Marotte
|Vive Maxime. It's been a truly fantastic and highly successful four years of celebrating with you, French National Champion and twelve World Cup podiums to name a few. At the end of 2020, Maxime Marotte and Cannondale will part ways, although you'll no longer be racing for us, your unique character will live on with us in spirit. |
We wish you all the best for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and whatever the future holds for you. A fighter, fun character and really good friend. See you on the start line.—Cannondale
We'll keep you updated with any more news from Maxime as it comes in.
I guess it all comes down to the fact that respect is often earned and should not be taken for granted.
Islanders tend to look down to show respect while Europeans look up.
I used to find south africans brash , but really I was the f*cking arsehole by judging them on how they speak. Sorry South Africans @NinetySixBikes:
Yeah. There is this famous book that was written by hearing a story from a guy who new a guy some years ago. Cant recall what it was called though?
In Saracen's case it was obvious *both* parties wanted the split.
1) they get to recap all the rad sh*t they accomplished together (content is already made - why not use it?)
2) they try to make their brand look good to other athletes they might sponsor in future. (We treat all our athletes - even outgoing ones with respect)
You can bet some (not all) athletes will wonder about Madison going forward, though it sounds like perhaps Danny and fam can be challenging.
Here's hoping his team name for 2021 is The Hart Foundation.