Pre-2009 Tour de France: It did not appear that Pippo was keen on the camera capturing him so unawares. (Credit: G Cameron/Pezcycling.com)
2008 Tour de France, Stage 11: In the foreground rode Pippo and the Other Fabian (then German champion) whilst the background was littered with another medieval edifice. (Credit: Roberto Bettini via Cyclingnews.com)
2008 Gent-Wevelgem: Shoe covers were banned from the Kemmelberg. (Credit: Roberto Bettini via Cyclingnews.com)
2008 Ronde van Vlaanderen: Pippo climbed Koppenberg with his most important accessory—shoes!—protected from the mud and sludge, beer and blood endemic at Belgium races. (Credit: Roberto Bettini via Cyclingnews.com)
2007 Tour du Haut Var: Simon Gerrans missed victory by the Maxwell Smart margin of “that much” to Pippo. (Credit: Sirotti via Cyclingnews.com)
2007 Tour du Haut Var: PIPPO ATTACKU! (Credit: Régis Garnier/Velofotopro.com via Cyclingnews.com)
2007 Tour de Haut Var: Pippo was prepared for all weather conditions at this February race. (Credit: Régis Garnier/Velofotopro.com via Cyclingnews.com)
2012 Tirreno-Adriatico: Pippo was Smiley Pippo on the first leg of his Comeback from Injury Tour but will he be so smiley during his time in cycling purgatory? Although he appears to be contemplating becoming Motocross Pippo…(Credit: Via Roadbikeaction.com)
2009 Tour of Qatar: Ah, curse that curséd watermark for obstructing pretty picture of Pippo. (Credit: Sirotti)
…Spanish champion Francisco Mancebo of Illes Balears gets clears. He’s joined by the youngest rider in the race, Fassa Bortolo’s Filippo Pozzato, 22, who could be an Italian Armstrong in years to come. The two are caught on the last downhill by one of the orange-clad Euskatel Basques, Iker Flores, who uses his momentum to start an early sprint for the line.
But the one with the most speed in his long legs is Pozzato. The andy Italian bolts past Flores for the victory, his hands covering his face in joy. Until yesterday, when his team leader [Alessandro] Petacchi left the Tour after a crash, Pozzato was working as a domestique. Now he’s a winner, happy that his team manager Giancarlo Ferretti gave him the chance…
—Excrept from “23 Days in July: Inside The Tour De France and Lance Armstrong’s Record-Breaking Victory” by John Wilcockson.
Pippo Doth Admitteth to being EBIL Dr Ferrari client but methinks the performance enhancer swindled Pippo since his wins neither increased in number nor increased in prestige when he worked with Ferarri.