Is anyone else out there tired of hearing how Cipo is going to ride in a grand tour "until the first serious mountain stage"? I have only been following international cycling for a few years. As a nubie I have to say that I find it much more interesting to watch the all around riders than the super specailists like Cipo. At first I thought he was cool and routed for him. After last year when he just kind of quit everything I started wondering.
Now I read on VeloNews' web page that he is already planning to abandon the Giro before it even begins!! I understand his desire to do track, but I think he does cycling a disservice by becoming the "King of Abandonment". Aside from one day races, he hasn't finished anything lately (yes, I know he was injured in last years Giro). His pathetic performance at the Veulta was not the behavior of a champion. Perhaps Leblanc & co. were right when they elected not to invite him to the TDF last year because of his habbit of abandoning when things got tough in the past. You didn't hear Tyler Hamilton saying "I quit"!! Oh, and he never "retired" in a flurish in the midst of one of his best seasons either.
How about it Mario!! Lets see you train to FINISH a grand tour this year!! Then you will deserve the title "Super Mario"!!