Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 30, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Dries Devenyns crowned Belgium Tour winner; Megan Guarnier and Greg Daniel win US National Road titles; Anthony Giacoppo victorious in Tour of Japan prologue; Gracie Elvin claims her second consecutive win at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik; Lizzie Armiststead wins the Boels Rental Hills Classic; Rachel Neylan solos to GP de Plumelec victory; Stig Broeckx in a coma after Belgium Tour pile-up; Bahrain Cycling Team one step closer to reality; Brian Cookson worried Rio Olympic velodrome won’t be ready in time; Mario Cipollini on the state of modern sprinting; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia stage 20.

Mario Cipollini on the state of modern sprinting

by Matt de Neef

He’s one of the most flamboyant cyclists in the history of the sport and Mario Cipollini continues to have an impact long after his retirement. In an interview with Rouleur, ‘Cipo’ has shared his thoughts on the state of modern sprinting, including how he sees himself in relation to his modern-day counterparts.

Here’s an excerpt:

You don’t want to return to racing?

I’d only need a month and a half of training to beat all of the Italian sprinters. Some of them I beat even now. Just don’t ask me to give any names; they have contracts and I’d get them in trouble.

And the others?

The road is like a ring. Real sprinters are like heavyweight boxers. People like Marcel Kittel, André Greipel, like me. Mark Cavendish is strong, or at least was strong, because now – with all respect – he is in decline, but he was never a heavyweight. He was lucky to come into a power vacuum when the world heavyweight title was vacant, and to have a train that made it like a stroll for him.

It says it all that he’s trying to go to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on the track. If he felt confident, he’d aim for the World Championship road race. For a rider, the road Worlds is always the most important and prestigious goal.

Click through to read more at Roleur. For similar sentiments from another sprinter of Cipo’s era, check out our interview with Djamolidine Abdoujaparov.