Mario Cipollini continues to race. After appearing in the Tour of California in February, where he finished third in the second stage, the 41 year-old will also ride the Nacht von Hannover on August 1. The race organisers announced on Thursday that Cipollini, local rider Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Steffen Wesemann (Cycle Collstrop), Andre Greipel (High Road) and Erik Zabel (Milram) will all appear in the race.
Cipollini came out of retirement to ride for American team Rock Racing in California. Shortly after the event, their collaboration came to an end. Now, the 'Lion King' will come out of retirement again to ride in Hannover for the fourth time. He won the race in 1999.