|Just floating a baloon||Mel Erickson|
May 11, 2003 6:52 AM
|Pantani against compulsory helmet rule
By Stephen Farrand
MATERA, Italy, May 11 (Reuters) - Former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner Marco Pantani has spoken out against the compulsory use of helmets saying he does not think it will save riders' lives.
"If wearing a helmet was the best way to avoid accidents I'd make an effort but unfortunately I think riders will still die with or without a helmet," Pantani told Reuters before the start of the Giro's second stage from Copertino to Matera on Sunday.
"We'd need a different kind of helmet if we really wanted to save lives but then cycling would become like motorbike racing."
The obligatory use of hard shell helmets in professional races was introduced on May 5 after the death of Kazakhstan rider Andrea Kivilev from head injuries during the Paris-Nice stage race in March.
"I've nothing against helmets but I think we should have the freedom to choose whether to wear one or not," Pantani said.
"I honestly don't feel as safe when I wear a helmet because I haven't got complete visibility, I can't move my head very freely and it makes you sweat much more.
"With the 30 degree heat here at the Giro it's like wearing a mask." "
Pantani, who rides for Mercatone Uno, said he would continue to wear a helmet during the Giro but would be working to change the rule.
"I don't want to make any kind of protest but I'll try and create a majority of riders who want to change the rule. I don't think it will be difficult because most of the riders agree with me," he said.
|read that.."A helmet would cover up my trademark bald head and..||Akirasho|
May 11, 2003 1:20 PM
|... and distract fans from my recently pinned back ears!!!"
Be the bike.
|I can hear what he's thinking.||Mel Erickson|
May 12, 2003 6:13 AM
|I just wasted how much money on these stupid ears?|| |