– Reported on MarioCipollini.net and Datasport.it –
“The bitterness of not being able to compete for victories, with the possibility of conquering again the record of the Tour de France (stage wins), united with the delusion that I have recieved from the main sponsor of my team that has not recognized the value of my sacrifices, has induced me to take the drastic decision to say enough to cycling.
In the next few days, in a press conference, I will be able to explain the motives behind my choice.”
This was the message that was to be found today on Mario Cipollini’s personal website. Francesco Moser: “But is it true? My first thought when I found out? I didn’t immediately believe it because I spoke with him at the end of the Giro and he had said to me that he wanted to continue for another season or two. They are decisions that mature a little at a time, maybe because of the eclusion from the Tour of the pressure of the Worlds had their influence”.
The president of the Italian Cycling Federation Giancarlo Ceruti hopes that Cipollini will rethink the decision. “I hope that he rethinks this decision because as the president of the cycling federation I have to think of the Worlds, Martini has heard the news and in the next few days we will have a meeting with Bellerini. I don’t know his contract, but a new sponsor like Acqua&Sapone needs to find other sponsors to help their team and their product”.