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Mario Cipollini baits helmet lobby - by wearing one, and nothing else

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.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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