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    Cipollini & Rock Racing

    Maybe this has been discussed here, I'm a bit late to the party on this I think...But just what in the world do Michael Ball offer Mario Cipollini to join Rock Racing? it's one of the oddest things I've seen in cycling in a long time. What is someone like Mario doing on a US continental team? Granted he IS 40 (and still doing it) but it's sorta sad.

    It's my WTF moment for the year.

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    Cipo owes lots of $ in back taxes he needed to do something. Plus he seems to fit with their "personality" pretty well.

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    I think he's 41. Maybe he needs the money, I heard he owes a lot in back taxes (over 1 million euros)

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    He probably could have made just as much if not more racing for an Italian team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
    I think he's 41. Maybe he needs the money, I heard he owes a lot in back taxes (over 1 million euros)
    Ok that makes sense. But a US continental team? That is just sad. Though it is just for the TOC.

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    Yeah, I don't know how much pro cyclists of his stature usually make or how much rock is paying him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    He probably could have made just as much if not more racing for an Italian team.

    I was thinking that. Be on the B-team of a pro-tour team or a leader of a European continental team...or go back to track....or do something else besides a US continental team. Granted he was always a polarizing figure in the sport but surely there must be enough people in Italy alone who love him and his name that they would have jumped at that chance to have him?

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    as previously stated - he owes money, and this is the quickest, and easiest way for him to get it.

    end of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskimo85 View Post
    Cipo owes lots of $ in back taxes he needed to do something. Plus he seems to fit with their "personality" pretty well.
    Ya Think?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg180 View Post
    Ya Think?

    [IMG]htt p://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p230/gregogarrison/CipoBall.jpg[/IMG]
    super mario would have to get some botox to completely fit in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obstacle View Post
    I was thinking that. Be on the B-team of a pro-tour team or a leader of a European continental team...or go back to track....or do something else besides a US continental team. Granted he was always a polarizing figure in the sport but surely there must be enough people in Italy alone who love him and his name that they would have jumped at that chance to have him?
    My only guess is that if he rode for an Italian team he would have had his wages garnished, whereas riding for a foreign team he can pay them back at his leisure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    My only guess is that if he rode for an Italian team he would have had his wages garnished, whereas riding for a foreign team he can pay them back at his leisure.

    Valid point there too. Now it makes sense. Still, with the power of the US $ compared to the Euro...Cipo must be taking it in the bum in many ways....

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    super mario would have to get some botox to completely fit in.
    Tru Dat...He is starting to look 40+. But I'd be very happy with his fitness, skills and that head of hair. I certainly hit the 40s a lot harder than he did.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg180 View Post
    Tru Dat...He is starting to look 40+. But I'd be very happy with his fitness, skills and that head of hair. I certainly hit the 40s a lot harder than he did.

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    I thought I read somewhere that said after this season he's going to assume a management or director position within the team. If that's true than it's his opportunity to give some exposure to the new team, pay off a few euro in debt and get some experience in management so he can continue his career in cycling but in a different capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gee3 View Post
    I thought I read somewhere that said after this season he's going to assume a management or director position within the team. If that's true than it's his opportunity to give some exposure to the new team, pay off a few euro in debt and get some experience in management so he can continue his career in cycling but in a different capacity.
    There was talk of him managing RR in Europe but I think Ball was under the impression his 'tainted trio' of Hamilton, Sevila and Botero would be allowed to race there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    There was talk of him managing RR in Europe but I think Ball was under the impression his 'tainted trio' of Hamilton, Sevila and Botero would be allowed to race there.
    There is a snowball's chance in hell of that happening in 2008.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    HGH FTW.

    Thats the ticket. Should it be injectible or pill form? Hmmm I wonder if there will be any contridiction with my Viagra, Crestor, Lexapro, Avacor, Mirapex, Oxycontin or Vitamin C?

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    You take C? That ****'s dangerous.
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    Check out the interview pre stage 4 with cipo. He sounds really happy to be racing.
    http://www.velonews.tv/?Art_ID=2001

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    I watched him sprint third behind Tom Boonen in Sacramento on Tuesday, he looked like he belonged to me. He's a great rider, and seems to be training and taking this pretty seriously. I'm not so sure why the OP sees this as sad. The Rock Racing booth has been a mob scene at the finish of every stage, they seem to be getting the attention of the crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
    I think he's 41. Maybe he needs the money, I heard he owes a lot in back taxes (over 1 million euros)
    Hes not going to get there very fast at these exchange rates!

    Sure the situation is kinda goofy, but i bet rock racing's flamboyant style helped sell Cipo. The guy loves to put on a show as much as a race.

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    The David Beckham of cycling.

    On another note, look at his teeth... They look like Chiclets.
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    Mebbe he wants to check out the California girls.
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    "I yam forty, no, forty one year in the body, ma twenty in the brain"

    what a guy

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