Mario Cipollini's response to criticism for not wearing a helmet is slightly x-rated

Former Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini posts a picture of himself on the turbo trainer wearing only a helmet after criticism from Facebook followers

Never one to shy away from a bit of exhibitionism, Mario Cipollini responded to Facebook users who criticised him for not wearing a helmet on a training ride by posting a picture of him riding naked on a turbo trainer...but with a helmet on his head.

Cipo posted an innocent picture on his Facebook page on February 6, showing himself riding one of his own brand bikes, but with just a beanie hat on his head.

Photo: Facebook/Mario Cipollini

Photo: Facebook/Mario Cipollini


Some of his followers immediately jumped on the fact that the Italian was setting a bad example by not wearing a helmet.

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So, to prove that he is interested in safety, the 42-time stage winner at the Giro d'Italia came back with a picture of himself completely naked on a turbo trainer, with a helmet, socks and shoes his only clothing items.

The 48-year-old still looks to be in pretty decent shape, but we hope he didn't do a long session on the indoor trainer or the saddle sores would have been killer...

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.