Happy Birthday to Cipo: The Comeback Kid

Mario Cipollini is 45 years young today.

‘Cipo’ is on the comeback trail again. It’s been recently reported that he’s looking to lend his wealth of experience – a palmares longer than his abundant locks – to Farnese Vini’s sprinter, Andrea Guardini, and even lead his sprint train. Nothing’s been reported on what Oscar Gatto, whose job is to lead the train thinks, although Pippo Pozzato’s been quite loquacious. In addition, Mario’s going to be a guinea pig, as opposed to a lion, tiger or whichever animal all those silly outfits were supposed to represent, for some sports scientists studying the effect of the passage of time on the performance of elite athletes.

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Igor Anton pozik urtebetetzea

Birthday boy (image courtesy of Euskaltel-Euskadi website)

Igor Anton pozik urtebetetzea 29an nahian.

That’s me wishing birthday boy Igor Anton “Happy Birthday” in Basque. Yes the boy from Galdakao in Vizcaya, celebrates his 29th birthday today. So please raise a glass of txakoli and pass around the pintxos to the man nicknamed ‘Fuji’. No, it’s not a comment on his exuberant use of hair gel, it’s a reference to the bike he had as youngster where he racked up 13 victories before passing through the ranks of the Euskaltel feeder squad and into the main team.

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