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by Matt de Neef
March 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Greg Van Avermaet wins men’s Gent-Wevelgem; Lotta Lepisto takes out women’s Gent-Wevelgem; Alejandro Valverde victorious in the Volta a Catalunya; Lilian Calmejane wins Coppi e Bartali; Edwin Avila takes opening-day honours in the Tour de Taiwan; Kristof Allegaert leads Indian Pacific Wheel Race towards Melbourne; Cadel Evans and George Hincapie win masters category at Cape Epic MTB race; Heinrich Haussler to miss the Spring Classics with ongoing knee injury; Bradley Wiggins on Sky’s ‘load of rubbish’ marginal gains philosophy; At 50, Mario Cipollini looks back on his career; Riders injured as car ‘drives into cycle race’ in Berlin; Trigger Happy’s angry cyclist on Comic Relief.
Having turned 50 last week, Mario Cipollini spoke to Italian newspaper Il Giornale to reflect on his career and the state of the sport. The interview is full of typically entertaining quotes from the 42-time Giro d’Italia stage winner, including one about how a love of cycling caused trouble for his mother from early on.
“I caused her a lot of headaches,” he said. “At just six years of age, I escaped on a woman’s bike and headed towards Lucca. When a friend of hers spotted me she went and told her and then she called me. My mother even sawed the bike in two. Once she even drove over it with her car to break it. But it didn’t scare me; she was obstinate, but so am I.”
Cipollini didn’t hold back when giving his opinion of the current state of Italian cycling.
“It’s gone,” he said. “We are fourth-world. We’ve only have Vincenzo Nibali, the only real talent we’ve got. As for the rest, they are only extras.” When asked whether that included 2015 Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru, Cipollini replied: “Give us a sign. We’re here, waiting.”
Follow the link to read more at Il Giornale.