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So Cippo could be in the Tour afterall.(8 posts)

So Cippo could be in the Tour afterall.Rich_Racer
May 28, 2003 11:16 AM
Anyone think its Cippo's last season?pmf1
May 28, 2003 11:23 AM
He'd be leaving as the world champ with a record number of Giro wins. What is he, 35 years old? Pretty good time to bow out. Anyone think he will?
Anyone think its Cippo's last season?BAi9302010
May 28, 2003 11:58 AM
It's Cipo with one p and he's 36. I highly doubt he'll retire after this season, especially after having such a good one in 2002. He's still the best sprinter in the world and just happened to be off form in this year's Giro. In an interview a couple of months ago he said he was eyeing the 2004 (or maybe it was 2005) worlds which are going to be held on another course favoring sprinters.
May 28, 2003 12:10 PM
He's had a rough year so far, and there's no reason to think it will get better. Did you see him after his Giro wins? He looked like he was dying. The wins against McEwen and Petacchi are going to be much fewer. He got the rainbow jersey, he got Milan-San Remo, he got the Giro record, he didn't get in the Tour. He's done.
It's the Tour DE France, not Tour FOR French!!bigdeal
May 28, 2003 12:02 PM
I hope he is able to go...I was never a Cipo fan until I saw wins 41 and 42 on OLN. I hope he gets to go and absolutely demolishes the competition on a handful of sprints. If he won a stage it'd be a real snub at Frenchy.
It's the Tour DE France, not Tour FOR French!!BAi9302010
May 28, 2003 12:12 PM
If he actually finishes the tour he'll almost definately win the points jersey and SEVERAL stages.
Spoiler in the link .... nmafrican
May 28, 2003 12:46 PM
90% chance he's excludedSpoiler
May 28, 2003 6:22 PM
I bet Leblanc says no, but phrases it in a way that makes it sound like he wanted to let him in, but things were beyond his control.
He'll say something like, "XXX teams qualified fair and square. Too many teams present a danger of overcrowding and crashes. The logistics won't allow it."
This lets Leblanc off the hook. He doesn't look like the bad guy. It looks like he's just looking out for the safety of the other riders.