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World’s fastest retiree turns in world’s shortest ‘retirement’

He’s back. You just knew it wasn’t gonna last. Slightly more than a month after angrily announcing his “retirement” from cycling, Mario Cipollini has announced he will come out of said retirement in time for the Vuelta a España and the upcoming world championships in Belgium. Cipollini, a fearsome sprinter who won the Milan-San Remo World Cup and six stages at the Giro d’Italia this season, announced during the Tour de France he was hanging up his bike. He bitterly slammed the race organizers for not according one of the wildcards for the race to his Acqua e Sapone team despite his

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It's all about the stripes -- Not zebra, not tiger, Cipo' wants rainbow stripes!

It’s all about the stripes — Not zebra, not tiger, Cipo’ wants rainbow stripes!

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He’s back. You just knew it wasn’t gonna last.

Slightly more than a month after angrily announcing his “retirement” from cycling, Mario Cipollini has announced he will come out of said retirement in time for the Vuelta a España and the upcoming world championships in Belgium. Cipollini, a fearsome sprinter who won the Milan-San Remo World Cup and six stages at the Giro d’Italia this season, announced during the Tour de France he was hanging up his bike.

He bitterly slammed the race organizers for not according one of the wildcards for the race to his Acqua e Sapone team despite his stellar performance at the Giro. But far from retired, the 35-year-old becomes one of the favorites for a rainbow jersey in Zolder, Belgium, on October 13.

“I will continue to race. It’s a personal decision just as the decision to retire was,” Cipollini, who is just one win shy of Alfredo Binda’s lifetime record of 41 Giro stage wins, has also scored 12 stage wins at the Tour.

Cipollini added that he was dreaming of pulling on the rainbow jersey and that “something inside me tells me I can do it in Zolder.”

Cipo’ will also join his team at the Vuelta which begins on September 7.


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