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Does Cipo have team allegiance at the World's?...(6 posts)

Does Cipo have team allegiance at the World's?...Djudd
Sep 11, 2002 5:13 PM
I was wondering, after all this talk about withdrawal from the Vuelta to train for the World's is it a foregone conclusion that he is the Italian "man" at the World's.
The Italians are infamously fractious at the World's and maybe someone (Salvodelli?) has their eye on the rainbow stripes. Does Cipollini have the loyalty of the other Italian riders to get them behind him?
Sep 11, 2002 9:06 PM
My guess is that with the break-up of Mapei there will be a few Italian riders trying to build a record for next year's contracts. Then you have Simoni (sp?) and Casagrande (sp?) who have had unfulfilled years. I forget the name but not the face of the Italian who finished second last year, he'll be back for a win this year. Up and comers Frigo and Salvodelli also want their chance. Cipo is without a doubt their best sprinter this year but as you said they are "infamously fractious".

It's an Italian characteristic not to honor the man at the top or support the status quo. How many Prime Ministers has Italy had in the past 40 years??? Et tu Brute???

Given their depth of talent the Italian "team" should win almost every year.
Doubt itboneman
Sep 12, 2002 2:07 AM
I was in the Lisboa airport last year and the Italian road team were waiting for their bags. Body language and who they were talking to said it all. Bartoli ignoring Bettini. DiLuca standing clear on the other side of the carousel. Ballerini has his work cut out for him. With the team he had last year you should have seen the tactics, and lack of team cohesion in the last two laps. Then you look over at the Spanish team. Despite the tough parcours, when it became apparent that no one was going to get away, either alone or in a group, they all road for Freire.

Ballerini's job is one that I wouldn't wish on anyone.
Doubt italiensporebomb
Sep 12, 2002 6:56 AM
You have to wonder if Franco would rather be riding as
opposed to coaching!
The best question I've seen in a long time.Pack Meat
Sep 12, 2002 7:03 AM
He is the Lion King. He may be the one man that could unite the Italians. Once it's decided that the race will come down to a sprint who could deny that Cipo is the man to work for. If Ballerini wants to win he should just build the team around Cipo and declare him the leader well in advance. I think in the past there have been two leaders and to many options. Give Casagrande and DiLuca the first half of the race to try to get into a break, after that it's all Super Mario.
Italians already shooting themselves in the foot...Wayne
Sep 12, 2002 9:33 AM
Ballerini is saying Cipo won't be the sole team leader. If there has ever been a guy whose shown that if you bring him to the line properly he's going to win it's Cipo. Really only McEwen has got the best of him this year on occasion.
If Ballerini were smart he'd leave Casagrande, Di Luca, Bartoli, Bettini, etc. home and take a team of 3 or 4 guys designated to cover all of the moves, 3 or 4 guys to bring back anything that looks threatening in the 2nd half of the race, and then 5 guys to bring Cipo home.