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...pinnin your ears back makes you competitive, faster and..(4 posts)

...pinnin your ears back makes you competitive, faster and..Akirasho
Feb 16, 2003 11:33 AM
... ummune to doping scandals...

This was originally posted by brucevelo over at

Cycing-Pantani fixes ears in new look for a new start

By Stephen Farrand

ASTI, Italy, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani has undergone cosmetic surgery to pin back the large earlobes that earned him the nickname "Dumbo" as he aims to make a comeback this year with his new team.

Pantani, who is currently suspended, unveiled his new look while still wearing bandages on his right ear at the official presentation of his new Mercatone Uno-Scanavino team in Asti, near Milan, on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Italian said he had overcome the psychological problems afflicting him since being disqualified from the 1999 Giro d'Italia when a blood test revealed he had a high haematocrit level and was confident about the year ahead.

"After two years in the dark, I'm ready to make a comeback," he told reporters.

"I almost quit but there was something inside me which wouldn't let me and which pushes me to carry on. I've realised you have to be positive in life. If you see everything in a negative aspect, there's something wrong.

"I've rediscovered the psychological determination I need to race and now think positively. In the past few years I was never angry about what was happening to me but now I am and want to get rid of my anger on my bike."

Pantani is suspended until May 19 after Italian police found a used insulin syringe in the room Pantani allegedly slept in during the 2001 Giro d'Italia.

He has appealed against the ban and will know next week if the ban is to be reduced. If that happens Pantani said he would start racing again at the Clasica de Almeria in Spain on March 2.

Pantani described his ear operation as "a minor act of physical violence which symbolises having the serenity to look at myself in the mirror and being ready to make changes in his life."

His ears had inspired American rival and four-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong to call him Dumbo after the Walt Disney cartoon elephant.

I didn't think that Armstrong coined "Dumbo" or "Elephantino"??!!

Be the bike.
yeah, the boy is backcyclopathic
Feb 16, 2003 2:03 PM
and he sounds more peaceful and realistic this year. I doubt he will cut tour this year; can't wait to see him in Giro. Here's an interview with him:
I just watched the michael jackson interview on mtv..ishmael
Feb 16, 2003 6:07 PM
I cant think of anything to do to myself yet..I'm waiting for the height adding operation....armstrong shouldnt say such things even if he wasnt the first one.
Weight weenies!rightsaidfred
Feb 17, 2003 11:49 AM
Removing testicles, ears, and other useless grams.