One British touring cyclist currently riding in Italy can boast having something in common with former world champion Mario Cipollini – both have fallen foul of a law banning cyclists from some dual carriageways.
According to local newspaper reports in the Marche region, the unnamed cyclist, carrying luggage on his bike, strayed onto the road from Morrovale to Macerata after approaching it from a rural side road.
The road is designated a superstrada, and the cyclist is believed to have missed a sign forbidding bicycles from the dual carriageway.
Motorists alerted police to the rider’s presence and he was escorted off the road at around 4.30pm yesterday and put back on his way.
In February 2003, Il Corriere della Sera reported that Cipollini had been fined €68 for riding on a section of the Livorno-Pisa-Florence superstrada where bicycles are banned.
Cipollini, who was the reigning world road champion at the time, told the police officers who stopped him that it was one of the few places he could train peacefully – and perfect for practicing his sprints.
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Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.