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Cycle News 2019 Issue 08 February 26

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P110 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT W hat are you going to do on your 40th birthday? Or, given motorcy- cling's ever-ageing demograph- ic, what did you do? A bit of gentle skydiving/ white-water rafting, perhaps? Set off on a mammoth touring holiday? Polish your paintwork? Or down the pub with a few mates to get bladdered, to acknowledge the passing of an unwelcome landmark? I can't even remember my own, but I can take an educated guess at what Valentino Rossi did on Saturday, February 16: a hefty session in the gym, maybe a run, then a bunch of interminable laps at his Tavullia training ranch, keeping a gang of fast and hungry kids respectful, by beating them. Under the guise of training them. Okay. Maybe he took a day off. But the day after. I know Rossi fans can be a touch over-eager to find offense in anything I say about the great man (which is in itself a tempta- tion), but it really is impossible Valentino Rossi will start the 2019 MotoGP Championship having just celebrated his 40th birthday. Does he still have wins left in him? If so, how many more? PHOTO: GOLD & GOOSE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HIM

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