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Luca Scinto calls it a day.
By Fabio
Date: 12/21/2002
Luca Scinto calls it a day.
No more than one month after the "Daily Peloton" posted an interview with the guy, expressing all of his uncertainty about the future of his own career among the pros, Italy's Luca Scinto finally made a decision. A definitive one. But not a good one for all the fans who appreciated the great work he has done, and the accomplishments he achieved all over his nine-year-long career. Indeed the 34-year-old Tuscan, a former rider with the MG-Technogym, Asics and Mapei-Quick Step outfits, has decided to hang up his wheels and retire from pro cycling.

As Italian newspaper "Gazzetta dello Sport" reported on Saturday, Scinto explained his choice with the following words "I made such a decision after a personal reflection, with choices related to my private life playing a fundamental part in that".

So the lack of a spot in a professional team had nothing to do with Scinto's decision. Quite the opposite, as things had recently taken a good turn in this sense: Mario Cipollini kept his promises (see the article in the link below for more details) and offered him a place in the new Domina Vacanze-Elitron ranks "I am honoured by the offers both Mario Cipollini and Vincenzo Santoni made me in the last days. And I sincerely thank them; but also know how demanding is to stay beside such a World Champion as Mario".

More words from the (we could say former now) rider "I think I have always done my job in a truly professional and honest way, always played my part and lived up to my tasks, besides the different team leaders I had the privilege to work for. I'm pulling out of cycling as a winner, aware of the fact that I have given a lot to cycling, as much as this sport has given a lot to me".

Luca Scinto, nicknamed "Il Pitone" ("The Piton") put an end to a career marked (according to "Gazzetta dello Sport") by nine victories, six of which wearing the MG Technogym Jersey, and the rest as a Mapei rider. In 1997 he became the first Italian to claim overall win at Tour of Langkawi. He was a member of the Italian team at the Worlds for no less then five times, four as a professional rider, and one as amateur. And no doubts that his performance as a perfect domestique at the most recent World Championships, where he played a fundamental part in Mario Cipollini's triumph, was somwehow the best way to leave cycling.

And now, as the man himself anticipated in the interview below, Luca Scinto could either become the directeur sportif of a Tuscany-based Under 23 team, or start working for a bank.

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