Cipo already considering San Remo

Written off by many, including himself last season, Mario Cipollini is back firing on all cylinders

Written off by many, including himself last season, Mario Cipollini is back firing on all cylinders
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM After three weeks away from racing partly due to illness, Mario Cipollini made a typically headline-grabbing return at yesterday's Tour of Lucca, where he put an end to Alessandro Petacchi's unbeaten sprinting run this season. The win was achieved with customary Cipollini canniness and, of course, pure speed. "[Magnus] Backstedt was supposed to be the last man in my train. Unfortunately, he had a puncture. So, we decided to take advantage of Petacchi's team. My team-mates led me to the last kilometre, and I marked Alessandro from that moment on," said 37-year-old Cipollini. "[Marco] Velo and Petacchi were on the front going round the last bend with 500 metres to go, but I moved up and stole two bike lengths before Petacchi managed to get going." Cipollini now heads to Tirreno-Adriatico, where he will face world champion Oscar Freire and Erik Zabel as well as Petacchi in what should be a great sprinting contest. However, he is already looking beyond Tirreno to the season's first Classic. "I must confess that I'm already thinking about Milan-San Remo. That is the real aim of the season for me. If I happen to get past the Poggio without any troubles, I might have a chance."
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