After his first Tour De France with the Discovery Channel pro cycling team, where he was Best Young Rider and finished an excellent 12th place overall, Yaroslav Popovych returned to his adopted home in Poggio a Caino, Italy, where he celebrated his nuptuals today.
25 year-old Popo and 20 year-old Cindy Maria Baroni were married in a civil ceremony on Tuesday in Italy. Popovych met his future wife three years ago in New Caledonia (Tahiti) while racing there in some late season track races. Baroni's father, himself an ex-cyclist, was Italian consul to New Caledonia at the time. Popo's friends, former amateur teammates Oscar Cavagnis and Matteo Morotti were on hand for the festivities, while Yaro and Cindy will now have their church wedding next December in his hometown of Dragobych, Ukraine.