lamboyant Italian Mario Cipollini was for many years the absolute sprint King of the peloton. He won 12 stages in the Tour de France and a record 42 stages in the Giro d’Italia.
Cipollini was the glamour King of the bike world. During games, he often wore striking clothes, which was designed by Dolce & Gabbana. He got regular penalties because its uniforms did not meet the requirements of the International Cycling Federation. These fine, however do not care Cipollini.
Super Mario raved often with her glamorous image. He showed love to be photographed on the red carpet celebrity parties. He regularly sat also in the jury? s beauty pageants. The public created the picture Beautiful Mario was a bon vivant who partied more than overtrained. It was certainly not the case. Cipollini really lived for their sport.
2011 cycling was still his passion and his life. Even now his professional cycling career years gone, he trains almost every day for fun. Beautiful Mario now has her own brand of bicycles and is also the coach of sprinters in the Russian Katyusha top team. At the age of 44, he seems to be even faster than the sprinters often during training the team.
During his professional career thanked Mario Cipollini many victories to his alleged cooperation? ??the train, which consisted of men who Scirea and Lombardi. This team-mates was perfectly trained to control the race and Super Mario shortly before the finish to place in an ideal location.
Tour Director Jean-Marie Leblanc was definitely not a fan of Cipollini. The main reason was that Beautiful Mario never rode the Tour.
Another reason for Leblanc was not satisfied with Cipo was to price trends on the strong work of the team of Mario in the flat stages of the Tour was very controlled and predictable.
These reasons meant that Cipollini and his team for four years, not invited to the Tour de France.
Tour vs Giro
CIPO had a lot of passion and love for the Giro d’Italia. Round in his homeland was often the absolute main purpose of his season. He doesn’t like the Tour de France. It is one of the main reasons why he never rode the Tour, the Giro when he rode six times.
2002 was the absolute peak year Mario Cipollini. He won that year include Milan-San Remo, Ghent-Wevelgem and six stages in the Giro, three stages in the Vuelta and the world.
In the spring of 2005, Super Mario at the age of 38, admitted that he put an end to his professional career.
In 2008, the American team Rock Racing, however, could tempt him to return still rates. In the Tour of California, he made his comeback. During the game showed Super Mario, he’s sprinting still not forgotten. In the second stage, where he finished third behind Boonen and Haussler.
Cipollini, however, was soon in conflict with the team led by Rock Racing. In the spring of 2008, Beautiful Mario team already. Doubt When Italian star even though he was looking for a new sponsor, but in the end, he decided to do it anyway. To round off his career he was on 1 August 2008, once at the beginning of a professional course: night of Hannover. In his last race was second behind Super Mario Zabel.