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Cipo statement on Lance(9 posts)

Cipo statement on LancePaul
Feb 11, 2003 10:17 AM

>> On Armstrong:
"Everything about him is American. His team, his attitude, the way he races.
The way he was born into cycling is very different than an Italian racer or
another European. He's a racer who is very dedicated, always a professional.
I have great respect for him. You ask me if he will win the fifth Tour? I
believe he will win the fifth and the sixth Tour. By overcoming his illness
has helped him a lot to become a champion. He has a big impact on the media.
My only wish is that he would use that influence to help cycling more. ... I
don't have any problem with Armstrong at all. I respect him and he respects

Both are respected in the cycling world as great racers. Personally, I lean more to Cipo for being more of a classic racer. Taking nothing away from Lance and his desire for the big bucks, he could do more to promote cycling in this country.
Cipo pays respect where respect is due.Fredrico
Feb 11, 2003 10:50 AM
Did ya read the article on Lance in Cycle Sport, originally written for Sports Illustrated? The least you can say is that Lance never complains, like Greg LeMond did. Facing down death changed Lance's attitude toward life: live for the next day, never look back, you don't know what you can do until you try. Lance may come up as more of a patron of cycling in the USA than LeMond or the others have been. Give him a few more years.
yeah butcyclopathic
Feb 11, 2003 11:08 AM
LA is texan redneck and Greg isn't, so what if he whines a bit?
Agree and disagreeKeeponTrekkin
Feb 11, 2003 10:54 AM
America responds more to celebrity than achievement. Mainstream sports stars are pop culture as well as sports celebrities. They don't promote their sport; they promote their celebrity.

When they use their celebrity for charitable causes as many of them do, LA included, they give back to the community a portion of what the community has given to them (and that they earned). I, for one, cannot criticize any of them for their choices.

However, I think that the best thing LA could do for cycling (if he so wished) would be to become a pop culture icon. Perhaps a few appearances with Britney Spears, a few well planned leaks to the tabloid press about his secret past with the late Princess Diana, some NASCAR event attendance, a few soft drink sponsors, MTV and SNL appearances. It would be an overnight sensation and the explosion of demand would rescue Cannondale from Ch. 11.

Lance has only one grey suit with one blue shirt, he would havePaul
Feb 11, 2003 11:52 AM
get more fashionable to make it with the star culture. He's basically your home town boy. Maybe the talk about movie on his life will open up the sport in this country. All in all, he's just okay.
Maybe he can get some hand me downs from Cipoms
Feb 11, 2003 12:16 PM
But, I think that Cipo is larger than Lance. On second thought, I doubt that Italian fashions will do much in the US for the reputation of a guy who wears lycra for his "day job." I guess that Lance should stick to his one grey suit.
re: Cipo statement on LanceRaven1911
Feb 11, 2003 12:38 PM
A valid reply and a respectable one. I do agree with Cipp about lance doing more for the cycling community, but as an athlete in the U.S. he is pulled in so many different directions it is probably overwhelming. I believe he has 3 main focus' which are training, family, and the cancer community. I don't believe promoting cycling is a very big deal to him right now since he lives predominantly in Europe. Like stated above, give him a few years and maybe you will see a different Lance.

Pleasently surprising response...biknben
Feb 11, 2003 1:09 PM
I'm surprised Cipo didn't have any criticism of Lance's training for one race approach. He could have taken Lance's comments as insults and gotten a few digs in. Instead he diffused a possible fued.

I think lance does plenty to promote cycling. He wins the only race most Americans have ever heard of. Then he comes home and answers the same stupid questions at each of his appearances. Doping, cancer, etc. The US sports media is his biggest obstacle. ESPN would rather show billiards, sumo wrestling, and spelling bees. They can send one guy with a camera to cover an entire event. They are too lazy to cover cycling.
They both ROCK--I love watchin em both!!! --nm--Tacos Jalisco
Feb 11, 2003 10:54 PM