Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-10-02, 01:45 AM   #1
Joe Gardner
BikeForums Founder
Thread Starter
 
Joe Gardner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Utah.
Bikes:
Posts: 4,249
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cipollini announces retirement

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

Source: http://www.ananova.com/sport/story/s...atestheadlines
Joe Gardner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 02:58 AM   #2
Piratello
Senior Member
 
Piratello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: GER / Old Europe
Bikes:
Posts: 282
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Really ? I couldn´t imagine. He´s so close to the Giro stage winning record of Binda. So why should he quit now ?
Piratello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 06:12 AM   #3
chewa
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more
Posts: 1,902
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Was he not invited to the tour because he doesn't want to climb, and tends to get off before the mountain stages (to keep his sprinter muscles)?

Still it's a shame because he is a real personality.
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 06:45 AM   #4
velocipedio
human
 
velocipedio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
Posts: 3,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ummm... Cipo knows how close he is to Binda's record... he wants Binda's record. I also think he only has a one-year contract with A&S and this is the start of contract negotiation season. If he was serious, he would have waited until later in the season. Cipo'll be back.
__________________
when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

The Irregular Cycling Club of Montreal
Cycling irregularly since 2002
velocipedio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 06:57 AM   #5
presfoxm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Concord, MA
Bikes:
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cyclingnews.com says he will retire at the end of the season.... it is sad to see him go.
presfoxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 07:22 AM   #6
WoodyUpstate
xc AND road
 
WoodyUpstate's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Upstate NY
Bikes:
Posts: 503
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll believe it when he doesn't show for next year's Milan-San Remo.

He won't be the first professional athlete to use a retirement threat as a negotiating ploy or to gain some extra attention. Maybe he was just worried everyone forgot about him during the TdF.
WoodyUpstate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 07:54 AM   #7
Rich
It's the fight in the man
 
Rich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Churton Park, Wellington, NZ
Bikes: Pace RC200 F2 (British Built!)
Posts: 1,209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
He is a character, it would be sad to see him go! Maybe he should give Professional Mountainbiking a go

Rich
__________________
Making New Zealand a safer place :)
Rich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 08:37 AM   #8
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,702
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I tend to agree with Velocipedio its a bargaining
chip. I seem to have read somewhere (an article
the wife e-mailed) that Cipo is also not thrilled
with the support he got from his new team.
(not THE TEAM but the owners, management etc.)
maybe he's looking for a way out of that contract.

Marty
__________________
Sono più lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 09:44 AM   #9
wabbit
Sprockette
 
wabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 5,503
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm sure they'll offer him more money and he'll come back for one more year, get Binda's record and reture at the end of next year.
__________________
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.
wabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 09:45 AM   #10
Xavier
Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Bikes:
Posts: 531
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This has caught me as many of guard and I will simply see in the coming weeks/months what will really happen.

Personally I do not see him retiring this year. However he is getting up there in age and I do not feel he wants to break any records just to please the press. He may however fullfil contract and leave it at that.

His anger against the Tour Society is even felt here. I simply wish he would ban the event and with his 'power' convince other italian teams to do the same to put the Tour Society in a hard spot.

The decision to not bring in Aqua E Sapone was a very bad one along with Saeco's decision. The Tour Society clearly was looking for a way to bring in all the French teams possible for their event. Fair? Yes, I would say. It is their race.

The Giro can do the same if they wish or even the Vuelta.
__________________
Xavier Cintron - www.bullteksports.com
Xavier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 11:09 AM   #11
RiPHRaPH
Don't Believe the Hype
 
RiPHRaPH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: chicagoland area
Bikes: 1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
Posts: 2,585
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
it's hard to go back to being a normal person after the star treatment. he'll see after one month out of the spotlight how good he has it. all his coolness would be wasted. hard to believe he would hang up those zebra's
RiPHRaPH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-02, 02:12 PM   #12
BikeManOfOz
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not sure his quitting makes sense - doesn't the TDF choose lower level French teams and this ends up excluding better foreign teams? Comments?
BikeManOfOz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-02, 01:31 AM   #13
JetSetWilly
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cipo will be back. I can see him moving to one of the smaller Italian teams for a year just to get his ride in the Giro. He wants Bindas record and I think he will get it next year.

As for not being able to complete the tour. Well he has it in him as he completed the Giro this year which is a lot harder than this year TDF
JetSetWilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-02, 08:34 PM   #14
BikeManOfOz
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I thought it was bogus.... from Procycling

"Cipo confirms retirement, but …
Mario Cipollini confirmed he would be retiring at the end of the current season at a press conference in Florence yesterday, but also admitted that he thought he would miss cycling and left the door open on his decision. ‘I’ll reconsider in two weeks,’ said this year’s winner of Milan-San Remo..."

Cipo reconsiders....
BikeManOfOz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:45 PM.