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Cipo never lets us forget his stripes!(10 posts)

Cipo never lets us forget his stripes!Tig
Mar 24, 2003 6:52 AM
Regardless if you like or dislike Cipollini, you have to admit he brings plenty of flash to the sport. I don't think we've ever seen, nor will we ever see a World Champion display the rainbow stripes as much as he does. I'm glad he kept the bar tape all white at least!
any amateur psychologists out there?ClydeTri
Mar 24, 2003 7:31 AM
What does this tell us about Cipo?
What does this tell us about Cipo?53T
Mar 24, 2003 7:46 AM
It tells us he takes his job seriously. His role in the peleton is to bring flair and intrest to a sport that can be a little full of itself at times. This doesn't work if you can't get on TV, but he can. As he gets older that means he has to train hard enough to be world champion, or do other incredible things like break Binda's record for Giro stage wins.

The rainbow outfit is just one more reason why Cipo is my favorite rider. In my racing I aspire not only to win flat races but to do it "Italian Style."
dang. BTW, who was world champion last year?DougSloan
Mar 24, 2003 7:33 AM
kidding, of course.

Oh. Hamilton picks?? Friere again, or Bettini. nmSpunout
Mar 24, 2003 7:39 AM
World Champ dress codes...russw19
Mar 24, 2003 9:16 AM
The days of the World Champ just wearing a separate jersey are over. Do you all not remember that Oscar Freire rode a special painted bike from Colnago last year too? He wore a white Mapei Kit to match his jersey too. I think I would do the same if I won Worlds. I mean look at riders like McEwan, he rides a full kit for his National Title, so did Rodriquez, and this is just a National Title (not that a National Title is not something to be proud of) but if you won World's you would want to make sure people knew who you were. In a sea of colorful team kits and National Champs kits, who can blame Cippo for his flair.

On the other hand, we are talking about the guy who had Cannondale paint him a special full yellow bike and give him a yellow skinsuit for the days he spent in the Yellow Jersey in the Tour a few years ago. But it's all about advertising, and bringing attention to your sponsors. If I was a sponsor, I would love someone like Cippo.

And how many times do we see some Olympic Gold Medalist on the Wheaties Box wearing their medals around their necks? Is that really any different?
he's ItalianDougSloan
Mar 24, 2003 9:38 AM
Italians aren't the most reserved when it comes to style, anyway. Nonetheless, Cipo seems to be at the extreme.

I doubt any of these guys even design their kitsSwat Dawg
Mar 24, 2003 11:02 AM
I like Cipo's kit, but do think that it is a bit garrish. The thing I think we should realize is that Cipo or Freire or anybody that's an X champion probably has nothing to the design of their kits. It is a huge boost for sponsors to have the World or National champion on their team. That's why it is advertised so much. I wouldn't be surprised if the sponsors had a hand in designing the kit. I think ultimately that Cipo has nothing to do with the design, except maybe, "Oh, that's cool!" And even if he said, "Oh, hell NO!" He still have to wear it. Look at Telekoms kits. Pink, "Oh, hell NO!"

Swat Dawg
You don't know Cipo!53T
Mar 24, 2003 11:31 AM
How About His Rig?Bixe
Mar 24, 2003 7:35 PM
Even the bike got the treatment....