Mario Cipollini's New Year's resolution
  Evergreen sprinter Mario Cipollini has his eyes on the 2002 World Road Championship title, when the race takes place in Zolder, Belgium in October. In a message to his fans on his personal website (, he argued that "If a Dutchman of 39 years [Joop Zoetemelk] was able to win the championship in Italy, why can't an Italian of 35 win the championship in Belgium?"
That will be Supermario's biggest goal of the year, but he also desperately wants to win Milan-San Remo at least once in his career. He won 10 races this year, including four stages in the Giro d'Italia, saying that "Professionally I am almost satisfied... I say "almost" because I haven't yet digested the second place at Milano San Remo and I am almost sure that I won't ever digest it, neither with a victory in that race, which I will try to do for as long as I ride a bicycle."
In his review of 2001, he commented on the San Remo raids during the Giro d'Italia, which "left me very upset. It was a hard blow for all the cycling world."
Also, "we should never cancel 11th September from our minds. I have two little girls, Lucrezia and Rachele. There are times I wonder how can I answer their questions and explain that it wasn't a film, these are things that can't be explained."
In 2002, Cipollini will be leaving Saeco, where he has spent the past eight years and won more than 100 races. He will now be riding for Acqua e Sapone-Cantina Tollo: "I am sure that I have chosen the right team, also because some of the elements which were part of the old team decided to follow that with the new and old elements we will be able to be competitive."
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