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Chiapucci to race Titan Desert MTB Race

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Eight years after leaving professional cycling, Claudio Chiapucci still remains connected to the sport. "I am still 'Il Diabolo," the Italian said as he took part in the presentation of the five-stage Titan Desert MTB race in Barcelona; a race he says he will participate in. "I will not train in any specific way for disputing this race. I usually practice tennis, golf, football... but cycling is still my first preference."

Chiapucci says he's taking on this new challenge because he still loves the sport despite its current challenges. "Cycling is in a confusing time," chiapucci said. "A 'biological passport' has been invented to combat doping and will be only applied to the Pro Tour riders yet cyclists who are not in 'the first division' do not need this document! Nowadays, nobody understands anything in cycling."

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