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Italian great thanks social media "judges" for concern over his safety in own inimitable way...

Italian legend Mario Cipollini has hit out at people who criticise him on social media for not wearing a helmet while riding a bike ... by posting a picture to Facebook in which, shoes and socks apart, he is entirely nude apart from the helmet he's wearing.

With a body most 48-year-old MAMILs would kill for, the 2002 world champion - who once said that if he weren't a professional cyclist, he'd have been a porn star - addressed the post to "all the 'judges' who comment on my photos."

He added: "I've even put on a helmet while on the rollers. I'm glad of your advice about my safety."

Indor training .....Dedicato a tutti i "giuridici" che commentano le mie foto !Ho messo il casco anche sui rulli !Sono grato ai vostri consigli riguardo la mia tutela !

Posted by Mario Cipollini on Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Hopefully the rider who won 57 Grand Tour stages during his career - 42 of those in the Giro d'Italia - didn't fall off while riding in the buff, otherwise damage to the helmet on his head might be the least of his worries.

> road.cc talks to Super Mario

> Cipollini turns James Bond in bike video

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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davecochrane [144 posts] 1 year ago
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Legend.

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earth [363 posts] 1 year ago
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He hasn't let himself go.  Wonder if it's all through cycling or whether he goes to the gym.

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finkcreative [41 posts] 1 year ago
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I tried that on the turbo.

Ruined my saddle.

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belgravedave [274 posts] 1 year ago
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What pro cycling really needs.

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Disfunctional_T... [225 posts] 1 year ago
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Full natty... lol

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rjfrussell [397 posts] 1 year ago
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I can't see his helmet-  the right leg is in the way.

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HalfWheeler [651 posts] 1 year ago
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If Mario was a bar of chocolate he'd eat himself.

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Ginsterdrz [88 posts] 1 year ago
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Who is he?

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fatbeggaronabike [847 posts] 1 year ago
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Wonder if he did that in an attempt to get rubbed up the wrong way

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the little onion [169 posts] 1 year ago
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Mario is my hero. We shall never see his likes again in the peleton

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 1 year ago
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Oh dear Lord, the chaffing!

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antonio [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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Obviously two helmets better than one!

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antonio [1167 posts] 1 year ago
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Sad to see the demise of that Cateye turbo trainer, one of the best made. I had mine over twenty years and modified it to great effect by removing the fan on the flywheel and more than doubling the weight with an added steel to replace the fan. This gave a real road like feel with a run down of 25-28 seconds, and that was with a fixed gear bike attached, feet out of the pedals of course.

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flathunt [245 posts] 1 year ago
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Well isn't this an awkward site to view at work this morning...

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Nathan79 [34 posts] 1 year ago
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Gotta love Mario. Though my Mrs thinks he looks like John Bishop......

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leqin [207 posts] 1 year ago
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There is absolutely no proof that riding a bike naked reduces injury yes

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ped [282 posts] 1 year ago
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the little onion wrote:

We shall never see his likes again in the peleton

We won't, although I can't help but think that perhaps Peter Sagan's at least a heir to his hair … 

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Ush [988 posts] 1 year ago
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Confirms me in my decision to only buy saddles new.

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wycombewheeler [1202 posts] 1 year ago
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Ush wrote:

Confirms me in my decision to only buy saddles new.

How is that a decision? Why was a used saddle ever an option?

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Jimmmmy [1 post] 1 year ago
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Where was his helmet made? Germany?

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RTB [190 posts] 1 year ago
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He forgot to add his customary fag (as in a tobacco one but up to him really) and then he could have gone after the anti-smoking lobby too, another bunch he no doubt figures have got it wrong. 

Guess the wannabe porno got his unfair share of the physical bits but traded up the cerebral stuff...   Just perfect for a career in Italian politics then.

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Zebra [44 posts] 1 year ago
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Oh my god! Is that a staircase with no railing?????

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a_pilau [11 posts] 1 year ago
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Knob!!

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a_pilau [11 posts] 1 year ago
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davecochrane wrote:

Legend.

Surely you mean bell-end!? 

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The _Kaner [1143 posts] 1 year ago
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"baits helmet lobby"

 

We should be thankful for small mercies at least it doesn't read

'bates helmet lobby'

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ironmancole [350 posts] 1 year ago
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Important to keep your helmet polished, Cippo looks like he needs to give it a rub.

Class though, good on him. Perhaps a motoring mag can put a 48 year old petrol head in a similar shot, show the world how good it is to sit on your chuff in smog  3