A undated file photo showing Italian cyclist Mario Cipollini totally nude, in the classical position of rider, except a pair of shoes “Reebok”, of which the cyclist has been a testimonial. Italy’s Mario Cipollini, one of cycling’s most celebrated riders, announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 2002 world champion has been the sport’s leading sprinter for the last 16 years and holds the Giro d’Italia record for the most stage wins, having crossed the line first 42 times. He has won 12 stages in the Tour de France. The 38-year-old, who rides for Liquigas, said: “Announcing my retirement just over a week before the Giro is a difficult but honest decision. Hopefully people will understand.” EPA/ROBERTO QUAGLI

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