…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.
We here at the Chic, Fantastique and Magnifique Pippo Pozzato Appreciation Society could disband this Tumblr due to the likely one year suspension of Our Ferrari-Associated Subject if we were to abandon it due to fannish disillusionment (Tifosa dolorius). Alas, woe are not we for, well, this is cycling! In cycling one who is sane learns not to be as fanatical as the religiously converted about their sporting paramours if one seeks not to be heckled and mocked like über-militant Lance lovers on Twitter. What we have opted to do is slow the pictorial queue to once or twice per week for our devoted—thank you!—subscribers. We know our snarky-esque devotion will be subject to slings and arrows of “[h]ow can you heart a [cycling] doper?” but, come on, there is something shady in all those other sports getting faster, higher, and stronger every year and it is not due to the equipment (re: tennis anyone?). Anyway, we thank you all who follow and retweet from the Pippotorium. Fuck Yeah Pippo forever!
Finally, Launch Time! Really More Like Relaunch...
Finally, after months in the mode of “coming soon,” the Pippo Pozzato Website has relaunched but—alas!—it has not premiered with hundreds of unseen images to be abused by Tumblrs so whatever shall we do? Hmmm…..