Cipollini announces retirement
Mario Cipollini is to quit cycling, citing his bitterness at not being invited to the Tour de France as one of the reasons.
In a statement on his official website, he said: "The bitterness of not being able to compete for victory . . . leads me to take this drastic decision to say enough with cycling."
The announcement comes despite the fact that the 35-year-old has had one of his most successful ever seasons.
He won six stages of the Giro d'Italia, the Milan-San Remo classic and the Gand-Wevelgem race.
Cipollini said he would hold a news conference over the next few days to explain the decision.
It was not clear if Cipollini planned to retire immediately or after the racing season.
Story filed: 07:20 Wednesday 10th July 2002