Pantani, Ullrich Unveiled As EPO Cheats By French Drugs Commission

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by Frédéric BOURIGAULT PARIS, France, July 24, 2013 (AFP) - Italian Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich both used the banned blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO) during the 1998 Tour de France, a damning French parliamentary commission report said Wednesday. Pantani, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2004, won the controversial 1998 race, with Ullrich taking second place. … [Read more...]

CONI Set To Probe Cipollini Operation Puerto Doping Allegations

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MILAN, Feb 11, 2013 - Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) said Monday it had launched a probe following newspaper allegations that retired cyclist Mario Cipollini was a client of a sports doctor currently on trial in Spain on doping charges. Cipollini, world champion in 2002, was accused Saturday by La Gazzetta dello Sport of being a client of Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who is … [Read more...]

Mario Cipollini Named In Operation Puerto Case

Super Mario Cipollini in his gold skinsuit

MILAN, Feb 9, 2013 (AFP) - Retired Italian cycling star Mario Cipollini used a sophisticated doping programme designed by a sports doctor currently standing trial in Spain, a report claimed Saturday. At the 'Operation Puerto' trial which opened in Madrid last week, Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes faced charges of supplying and administering banned doping products to a number of top … [Read more...]

Mario Cipollini at the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia in Miami

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Italian Legend Featured at the Giro d’Italia Signature Ride Miami, FL – You better watch out, you better get in shape… Super Mario is coming to town! As an early gift to American cyclists for the holiday season, former world champion Mario Cipollini will be riding in the upcoming Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Miami - Coral Gables, to be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in the Magic City! … [Read more...]

Cipollini’s Claimed Comeback A Big “Joke” says Moser

ROME, March 7, 2012 (AFP) - Italian cycling great comeback,Francesco Moser has ridiculed compatriot Mario Cipollini's claims he could make a return to the peloton at the age of 45. Former world champion Cipollini, known as much for his flamboyant outfits as the success he gleaned as one of the world's top sprinters, said on Tuesday he aimed to return to competition to guide upcoming … [Read more...]

Cavendish The Strongest, But Lots To Learn Says Cipollini

by Justin Davis (AFP) LISIEUX, July 7, 2011 - Italian cycling great Mario Cipollini says Britain's Mark Cavendish is the strongest sprinter in the world, but believes the Tour de France star still has lots to learn. "I've watched him here at the Tour de France and I believe he's the strongest sprinter in the world," Cipollini told AFP prior to the sixth stage from Dinan to … [Read more...]

Cipollini To Be An Advisor For Team Katusha

PARIS - Former Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini, the World Champion in 2002 will be a consultant for the Katusha cycling team they announced on Tuesday. Cipollini will work to assist in their mental preparation and tactics for the teams sprinter riders. At aged 43, the Tuscan, which stopped his career in 2005, and after a brief comeback in 2008 with Rock Racing with the most stage wins … [Read more...]

2010 Giro to start in the Netherlands

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The 93rd edition of the Tour of Italy in 2010 will start in the Netherlands on May 8 before embarking on a 3,416.5km journey around the Italian peninsula and ending in Verona on May 30. That was the course unveiled in Milan on Saturday with 21 stages and 39 climbs. Reigning champion Denis Menchov, the Russian Rabobank rider, was among the guests at the official presentation … [Read more...]

Cavendish Sprints His Way To His Third Giro Stage Win

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Britain's Mark Cavendish won the Tour of Italy's 13th stage here on Friday, his third stage win overall, with Russia's Denis Menchov retaining the leader's pink jersey. Cavendish, who rides for the Columbia team, broke for the line with 300m to go and managed to hold off a challenge from Italy's Alessandro Petacchi to cross the line in first place. Australia's Allan Davis took third … [Read more...]

Mario Cipollini Is Now Part Of Team ISD

Mario Cipollini has confirmed that he has joined the new team ISD. The 41 year old former world champion will work as a consultant for the Italian team of Luca Scinto and Angelo Citracca, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We have created a lot of similar ideas. You will see me some times in the team car or training with the riders," Cipollini said. "It was an experience," he … [Read more...]