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Filippo Pozzato

Two wins

Giro del Lazio - An Imperial sprint

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:58 BST

Ciao amici di Cyclingnews! My dream has become reality! After Hamburg, I've managed to win the Giro...

August 9, 2005

Ciao amici di Cyclingnews!

My dream has become reality! After Hamburg, I've managed to win the Giro del Lazio! And even after I wasn't feeling good that day. It was really hot and in the last 20km, I had a heavy feeling and a headache. But I told myself "Pippo, just think about going as hard as you can" and that's how I made it! Once again, my Quick.Step team was marvellous, keeping me out of the wind and covering all the attacks in the final. Think about it; with 30km to go, Bettini came up to me and said "Tranquillo Pippo, today we'll bring you to the sprint and you're going to win it!". When a rider of the stature of Paolo Bettini, a real champion is riding for you, you can bet you will ride a lot more relaxed. I'm sorry for my teammate Paolini who had to stop with some resparatory problems; Gerva (his team nickname) is in excellent form these days. Before the start, we both were leaders, but Luca had to abandon.

So I'm really happy now, because this win is another payback for all the hard work I did last month in Livigno; hours and hours on the bike with so many intervals I lost count...finally I'm on the right track. Like I said last week, this week is just the starting point to achieve other objectives and I'm not content with just these results. Now there might be a chance for me to ride the World Championships. Certainly I would like to participate, but before I do, I want to make my mark on a few other races.

My August continues with Clasica San Sebastian, a race that really isn't suited to me, but I still want to do well. Now I can't just hide in the group; the time has come to go for in it races like San Sebastian with long, tough climbs. I'm ready to find out how much I have to invest in this type of race to become a more complete rider. Down in Spain, our Quick.Step team will have riders like Bettini, Paolini, Moreni. All riders who can win there, and I hope to give them a hand. We'll see...

Ciao a tutti and thanks to everyone who had believed in me!

Pippo

HEW Cyclassics - Big win in Hamburg

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 06, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 12:00 BST

Hi all my friends at Cyclingnews! Did you see the result from the Hew Cyclassics last Sunday?...

August 6, 2005

Hi all my friends at Cyclingnews!

Did you see the result from the Hew Cyclassics last Sunday? Finally I've succeeded in giving my fans a big win this season! It's been a while since I've written but there hasn't been much to write about for me. I rode the Giro d'Italia to help Paolo Bettini and we had a good time. I eventually finshed 84th - our Quick.Step team had a good Giro. My next goal was to win the Italian championship where I was second to Bettini in 2003, but I ended up second again when I didn't ride a good sprint in Pescara. It was a big disappointment to me, but my reaction was positive. Instead of getting down, I decided to focus even more on my training.

Since I wasn't doing the Tour, I took a quick vacation after the Italian championship, then packed my bags again and headed to the mountains in Livigno to ride with Paolini and some other Quick.Step teammates who decided to have a training camp at high altitude. I spent hours and hours on my bike, thinking of the first chance I would get to put all the bad moments of the 2005 season behind me and show what kind of a rider I really am.

My win in Hamburg is the first step towards returning to a higher level. I really want to have more consistent performances this season because that's something I've always lacked. I think I'm on the right track and let's see what happens at Giro del Lazio and afterwards. For the moment, I just want to go back to the race on Sunday. I really have to thank my Quick.Step teammates, who did a fantastic job for me at the race. They were all great! But I have to single out the work of one teammate in particolar. Not many riders would have the help of a cyclist of the calibre of Paolo Bettini but that's what happened. To have him there made everyone on the team relax and focus. Plus I can't forget the awesome work of Bram Tankink in the finale. Paolini and I both had a great chance to win and we had no problems riding together during the race.

We discussed the sprint and I decided to go long to take advantage of my power and the slight final incline, while Luca would come around at the end. It went well for me, but it was a great 1-2 win for us, like the Tour de la Region Wallone a few days before when Paolini won and I was second.

But now the page has turned. I'm down in Tuscany at Bettini's house for some training. I don't want to leave anything to chance; I am really psyched to show my stuff after Hamburg.

Let's talk soon, hopefully after my next win!

Ciao
Pippo

Gent-Wevelgem: What A Lousy Day!

By:
Cycling News
Published:
April 08, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 12:00 BST

Hello my friends from Cyclingnews , Well finally, for the first time all season, I was in the front...

April 7, 2005

Hello my friends from Cyclingnews,

Well finally, for the first time all season, I was in the front of a race, ready to play my cards for the win at Gent-Wevelgem. But once again, bad luck and trouble came my way. It was less than 10km to go and I was in the race-winning breakaway. We went around a left hand corner and I slipped on the wet road; my front wheel went out from under me on the paint stripe crosswalk that was soaked from the day's intermittent rain showers and I fell on my rear end. I had great legs that day and was sure I could have had a good result. On the Kemmel, I made a great move. I got across by myself the 20 second gap to the front group and as soon as I got across, my former teammate Cancellara put the hammer down as only he can and I went to the back of the group. That was the moment that the winning break in Gent-Wevelgem was formed and I made it!

Clearly, I wasn't going to work, with my Quick.Step team captain and last year's Gent-Wevelgem winner Tom Boonen in the second gruppo just 30 seconds behind. Tom had good legs and if the chase had caught us, it was my job to help him in the finale. Things had really worked out well for me, but when the real action started, I crashed! Luckily nothing much was damaged except my pride. I have a few scrapes and bruises on my left side and lower back plus my elbow is hurting a bit. But nothing serious so I'm feeling relaxed and positive. I didn't have much luck but the legs are good.

When I got back to the team bus, I told my teammates I was sorry about crashing out of the break but everyone was really cool and Tom got up from his seat and told me not to worry, that's bike racing. So now we are back at our team hotel and are beginning to realize that Paris-Roubaix is getting closer. Finally I understand what it is to be part of a Belgian team during what you could call "Holy Week", the week between Flanders and Roubaix. I feel 100 percent focused in this atmosphere. Sunday is going to be my first Paris-Roubaix but I'm not worried.

With teammates like I have at Quick.Step and all their experience, I know I can do a good race at least to help Tom who is looking at the double of Flanders-Roubaix. We had a relaxing day of recovery on Thursday which I needed from my crash. It's Friday morning and now we are going to check out the course today, including the new cobbles that we hear are already pretty muddy. It's raining and pretty cold, just what you expect for Roubaix, but the weather is supposed to be OK for Sunday. I feel positive and am feeling the way I've wanted to feel for a few months. I'm READY TO RUMBLE... hahaha!

Ciao amici,
Pippo

Time to shine

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 31, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 12:00 BST

Hi everybody at Cyclingnews , Happy Easter to everyone, even if it's a little late. Here's my second...

March 30, 2005

Hi everybody at Cyclingnews,

Happy Easter to everyone, even if it's a little late. Here's my second diary installment. I see my old team-mate and friend Tom Danielson is writing a diary for Cyclingnews too - hi Tom!

Even if I didn't get to ride Sanremo this year, training and some other races have kept me really busy. After Tirreno-Adriatico, I trained at home in Veneto before I headed to the Coppi e Bartali race. Even if I haven't won so far this season, I'm finally feeling good. At Coppi e Bartali, I was fourth in a bunch sprint there, just behind riders who are real sprinters. I could have done even better but I probably started my sprint too far back. But finally my form is coming, and I'm riding like I want to. Especially on the climbs, I'm riding better even the steep ones where the gradient is over 10%.

After the Coppi e Bartali race, I had two light training days before a hard training session; a double day with specific speed training that should come in handy for the Giro della Fiandre [Your of Flanders-Ed. On Friday, I head to Belgium for the "race of the walls", those short, super-steep climbs on a Classic that I really love. That's a race!

In my last two participations in Fiandre, I wasn't much in evidence. It's the kind of race you need a lot of experience to figure out, or have an innate talent for the pavé like my team-mate Tom Boonen. I heard that Tom crashed during the first stage of De Panne, but luckily with no serious consequences, only three stitches on his left hand and some bruises.

On Sunday, our Quick.Step team will also have Paolo Bettini and Nick Nuyens. On paper, we're the team to beat. My role is to be there in all the key moments of the race and then see what happens. It's my time to show what I can do. At De Panne, Ballan won the first stage and congratulations to him. He's a guy I often train with and is a nice guy.

But now, if I want to keep training with him, I better do some too!!

Ciao,
Pippo

Let the games begin

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 04, 2005, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 12:00 BST

Hi you guys on Cyclingnews! Thanks for inviting me to write a diary for Cyclingnews and I think...

March 4, 2005: The early season

Hi you guys on Cyclingnews! Thanks for inviting me to write a diary for Cyclingnews and I think that’s pretty cool to be able to keep in touch with my English speaking fans.

I started my season at the G.P. Costa degli Etruschi in Donoratico, down in Tuscany. The best sprinter won that day; of course it was Petacchi. For me and my Quick Step teammates we had a good day to start the season in Italy. We tried to make the race fast and in the finale I was even thinking of sprinting, but when I saw the kind of chances I might have to take, I backed off. I just didn't think it was a smart idea to compromise my season by crashing in the first race.

But I started out with good feelings in the race and have worked hard this winter on my agility and my endurance this winter and I'm just missing the change of speed I need for the races. This season, one of my goals is to have a solid performance all season unlike the last few seasons. So even if I don't get off to the best start, I'm not worried because I've done a lot of good work to prepare this season.

Last weekend, I rode in the G.P. di Chiasso and G.P. di Lugano in Switzerland. I had a bad case of the flu which knocked me back in my preparation, and the races were not easy for me. Well, I have to say I was suffering. Both Saturday and Sunday, I raced about 130km, and abandoned both days. It’s normal that when you are coming back from being sick, it’s hard to race up front. I didn't want to push too hard and then have a relapse with my bad sore throat. But I was pretty satisfied with my condition, since I knew the first races after being sick would not be easy, but my morale is still good. I've put in the work to have a good base training over the winter and last week even put in a five hour ride.

My goal this week was to put in some good training for Tirreno Adriatico, but we had a huge snowstorm in my Veneto region on Thursday with like 20cm of snow! And bitter cold… so I'm really hoping that this is “ IT”!

I'm sick of this cold, long winter and want to show up at Tirreno Adriatico in decent condition. I'm tired of training with enough clothes for an Eskimo! After you've had flu and a bad sore throat, the last thing you want is for it to come back. When the sun comes, when spring finally arrives, I'll be really happy! I'll get better, ride better and finally have some fun on my bike!

Ciao a tutti!
Pippo

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Filippo Pozzato

Twenty-three-year-old Filippo Pozzato is one of the Italian peloton's rising stars, with 19 victories already in his short career. Now in his fourth year as a pro and his first at Quick Step, the popular Pozzato is aiming to rack up more wins.