The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
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One rider sadly no longer in the race is Mario Cipollini who after crashing on a wet stage four finale, soldiered on before finally withdrawing 3 days later with fourteen stitches in his elbow and shin. After the crash, Petacchi said, "unfortunately in the finale there was a crash which involved Cipollini and I'm sorry about this. If Mario did not start the Giro tomorrow, we would lose a certain protagonist and the glamour of our duel on the pedals. Therefore I hope with all of my heart that tomorrow he is on the road." Cipollini, determined as ever to please his adoring fans, confirmed that although he was quite badly injured, his objective was still ?to win at least a stage, it's not possible to abandon without succeeding," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Oh, if only Mario? After withdrawing on the road to Montevergine Di Mercogliano, Cipollini explained that, "I tried to keep going on, but after discussing it with the team doctor we decided it would be best for my physical condition if I didn't start today." Super Mario may not have the speed of previous years but the race will still sadly miss him.
Everybody who travels to watch one of the major three-week tours takes away a lasting memory. The speed, the smells, the sounds. For one less than honest spectator at the Giro, their lasting memory will be about $8000 between their legs..... Petacchi?s Pinarello Dogma training bike with full SRM cranks! Brought up by his father for the team mechanics to run their eye over, in a momentary lapse of concentration by the team bus, our ?fan? walked away with the bike right under the noses of the mechanics and officials lingering around.
While riders like Simoni and Stefano Garzelli continue to duel it out in
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