September 02, 2003
Saying Spain's national tour deserves more respect than has been shown by Mario Cipollini, organizers of the Vuelta a España have ejected the Domina Vacanze team from the race after the world champion made it clear he would not attend.
Race director Victor Cordero told the French wire service AFP on Tuesday that he disapproved of the attitude of Italian team, after it had initially promised to field Cipollini.
"The Vuelta and cycling deserve more respect," Cordero said. "There will only be 21 instead of 22 teams at the start line. To tell us Sunday that Cipollini is not coming is to show a total disregard for everyone."
Cipollini, 36, also missed this year's Tour as his Domina Vacanze team was not given a provisional spot in favor of the French Jean Delatour team.
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