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Italian Marco Pinotti (High Road) at the start of the 181-kilometre Monte Paschi Eroica

Reaching Piazza del Campo

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Cycling News
Published:
March 10, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:09 BST

When I was told I had to ride Eroica , I was both curious and worried by the comments of riders that...

March 11, 2008

When I was told I had to ride Eroica, I was both curious and worried by the comments of riders that did the first professional edition last year. Curious because I wanted to taste and see the "white roads" through the beautiful landscape of the hills surrounding Siena. I reached the race the previous day under a very bad and cold weather and the night before riders were commenting and talking about the possible danger of the race in wet conditions. I just thought, at least, no dust.

At the start everything was okay, cold but not rainy. Ass the attacks started, I was in the front trying to reach the first section of gravel in the break. I did it and tasted the feeling of the Belgian classics just for a few seconds, before I had a flat tyre in the back wheel, right in the middle of the section. I found myself in no-man's land for 20 kilometres – in between the break and the chasing group.

Finally, I was caught and survived for another two hours before losing contact on a steep gravel, wet roads and [technical] descent. I reached a group of riders that left the race parcours heading directly to Siena. Before going to the hot showers, I had a look at the finish line in the magic place that is Piazza del Campo, probably the most beautiful location for a finish line around.

In the end, I was disappointed for the bad luck and for not being able to finish a race that I believe will grew in the coming years, and it will become a tradition.

In the next two weeks I will build up climbing skills to get ready for the stage race that will keep me going until the Giro d'Italia.

See you, Marco

Marco Pinotti during the World Championships

A new season and training

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Cycling News
Published:
January 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:09 BST

Hi all. It's a long time since last time I wrote and many things have happened. I am glad to say...

January 9, 2008

Hi all.

It's a long time since last time I wrote and many things have happened. I am glad to say that everything is fine and I look forward to start the new season. [For an update on Pinotti read last fall's interview: Engineering a new path - ed.]

During the last few months I've already gotten to know all new team-mates at the first meeting in Köln, Germany, right after the end of season. Then I had a bit of holiday and rest, and immediately started again. At first I was doing core training, then riding my bike through the busy road of my province of Bergamo.

In the last two seasons I have changed my training attitude from group rides without a plan to specific and focused solo riding. There are two reasons to explain this: the first is that in the last years the number of professional riders of Bergamo has dramatically decreased, from almost 30 to less than 10; the second is dealing with team meetings, camps and my own business, it is more and more difficult to meet others for rides.

Along with that, I've started training more specifically thanks to the use of a power-metre (in my case a SRM) and I get used to doing intervals, tempo work-outs, et cetera. I like to complete all the work-outs planned, and sometimes it's easier if you are alone. You are able to focus on your performance and recovery time. And with the help with Trainingpeaks software, I can of course still ride in a big group, and I usually plan to do that when I have to face a long endurance ride.

Ciao, Marco.

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