Conquista - The Cycling Quarterly Issue 2 - Page 120

The Lion King A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1998 1998 What do a zebra, a tiger, a muscle suit and Julius Caesar have in common? Why, Mario Cipollini’s wardrobe of course. The crowds loved Cipollini’s flamboyant style but the commissars didn’t - he was often heavily fined for breaking various rules. His sponsors, however, delighted in the extra publicity and often picked up the bill. When his infamous muscle suit was sold at a charity auction it fetched an amazing $43,000. Gardener At Gunpoint A Miscellany of Le Tour de France 1999 1999 Luis Herrera, the first Colombian to win a jersey at the Tour de France, was meandering in his garden when he was snatched at gunpoint by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia. He was driven to a remote spot when it dawned on his capturers whom they had actually caught. When they realised he says “The whole time they asked me endless questions about l’Alpe d’Huez, Lagos De Covadonga and La Linea (an epic Colombian climb) as though it was perfectly fine to have a pleasant conversation.” Being avid cycling fans they finally released their national hero. 120