Your favourite race and climb?
Favourite race is the Giro d’Italia. A bit patriotic, but as an Italian it’s something that make me proud. I appreciate the amazing course that this race is always featuring in every edition, showing the most beautiful places we have in Italy.
As a climb, my favourite one is the ‘Colle delle Finestre’. You start climbing inside a wood, then when the vegetation changes until disappearing and the dirty road begins, you can admire a stunning landscape. I faced it 4/5 times in my career.
Your best or most memorable result in pro cycling?
I have several. I remember with pleasure the winning at the team time trial at the Tour de France. That kind of victory is the only moment in cycling where you really win as a team.
You remained in Sicily, while most riders move away. Why did you decide to stay?
Basically, as I wanted to stay linked to my family and friends. We are away so many days in a year, that when I’m at home, I like the idea to be close to people that have always been part of my life. You know, maybe if I moved, I could have been richer, but beyond cycling there’s real life and so far I’m happy to have decided to stay in Sicily.
I love the place where I live and also for training it’s ideal due to the perfect climate you can find in winter.
What are your thoughts on the Merida bikes you will be racing this season?
I’m riding with both models Merida is providing us. Basically, I used the Scultura, but I tried the new Reacto and this bike exceeded my expectations. It is stiff and light, delivering highly performance.
Giro di Sicilia - Tour of Sicily 15th April, 2022,
Giro di Sicilia - Tour of Sicily - Points classification 15th April, 2022,
Giro di Sicilia - Tour of Sicily - Stage 4 15th April, 2022,
Giro di Sicilia - Tour of Sicily - Stage 2 13th April, 2022,
La Vuelta ciclista a España - Stage 9 22nd August, 2021,
Giro d'Italia 30th May, 2021,
Giro d'Italia - Stage 20 29th May, 2021,
Circuito de Getxo-Memorial Hermanos Otxoa 2nd August, 2020,
Vuelta a España - Stage 1 (TTT) 19th August, 2017,
Tirreno-Adriatico - Stage 1 (TTT) 8th March, 2017,
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