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Prodi makes important decisions while cycling

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
October 31, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:48 BST
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Latest Cycling News for October 31, 2007

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi noted that he makes many of his important decisions while out...

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi noted that he makes many of his important decisions while out riding on his bicycle. "The important decisions in my life I make while out riding my bike," said Prodi in an interview with City for the upcoming Milan bicycle trade show.

The leader of Italy is an avid cyclist, and enjoys riding in his precious free time. He started racing at a young age, after a stop he recommenced in the 1970s. Over the past thirty years he has ridden with the greats on some of cycling's famed roads: Cipollini, Ballerini, Merckx, Bugno and Bettini, over Stelvio, Mortirolo and Zoncolan.

"The bicycle unites two human elements: freedom and fatigue. It is a moment of concentration. The most important decisions I have taken in my life I have actually taken while on long rides."

In the interview he was asked about doping in the sport. "It is important to have controls as well as education," Prodi concluded.

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