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Marco Pinotti 07

Thinking of the Giro

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Cycling News
Published:
June 07, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:56 BST

Hi guys, in the last month I've been racing a lot and this helped me to find good condition -...

April 13, 2007

Hi guys,

in the last month I've been racing a lot and this helped me to find good condition - although I went through some little health problems that affected many riders this spring: cough, bronchitis, bad cold. This last week, I've been in Germany and Belgium finding unusual good weather and warm temperatures.

As so often in the life of a rider, I wasn't at home for Easter. After racing in Köln, the team gave the chance of testing my time trial position the following day on the indoor track in Büttgen. It was a long day that required lots of patience. We tried many different solutions, downloading the power data from the SRM, and immediately looking at the results on a notebook. But in the end we succeeded and found an improvement.

I look forward to test the new position in a race: I'm sure it will help me, and I have to thanks the team for that. It was also a pleasure to train again on a track, just to keep the confidence for a next pursuit race, somewhere in the future...

Then I hopped onto a train to get to the team base for the Classics and stayed with my teammates for two days. The ones of us who didn't race Gent-Wevelgem enjoyed the beautiful team performance and in the evening you could feel how everyone was really happy for Burghardt's win.

The following day we raced in the GP Pino Cerami, wanting to perform well, too. In the finale I was the man in the lead and achieved a good fourth place, even if that is not enough... It's time for new goals, now that the Giro is coming close.

Thanks for reading.

Marco Pinotti

Marco Pinotti (T-Mobile)

Post Giro action

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 07, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:22 BST

Dear readers, The last month and half has been awesome. I went into the Tour de Romandie full of...

June 08, 2007

Dear readers,

The last month and half has been awesome. I went into the Tour de Romandie full of confidence, made some mistakes over there, but then headed straight into the Giro d'Italia knowing I had good form and the team support. Since the start, as my DS Peiper said, I have been "the man in condition."

I was already happy to be in Sardinia and my mind was full of expectations. Then I just raced everyday waiting for my chances, sure that I had a lot of them. Now I am proud of what I have done and proud to have done it in this team, which is doing so much to give us the best support and to lead the new challenge in the sport. [Marco Pinotti took the Maglia Rosa on stage six and wore it for four days - ed.]

In the end I couldn't wait to be at home. I was scheduled to race in the US and leave just after the Giro. But the team let me go home for two days and I left only the following Wednesday to ride the Commerce Bank races. Now, I am here and it's nice to be calm and serene in Philadelphia, far away from the post-Giro climate. It's back to reality, where I hope to profit from my good form to get some results in June, before some rest in July.

Thanks for reading and supporting me.

Marco Pinotti

Back in action

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 15, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:56 BST

Hi guys, I am very happy to be here: back in Tirreno Adriatico after some trouble in the previous...

March 15, 2007

Hi guys,

I am very happy to be here: back in Tirreno Adriatico after some trouble in the previous races. I had a stomach virus in Ruta del Sol that forced me not to start on the last stage. It probably got me down a bit and I wasn't so good in the following days.

As a result I was pulled out from the scheduled Paris-Nice and supposed to rest for an additional two weeks. Moreover, I crashed in Chiasso and I'm currently suffering a pain in my right hand while I'm on the bike.

But while in Belgium a virus hit a lot of my teammates: knocking them down. With the team's numbers down, a couple of days ago the team director called me to take me on board for Tirreno.

So here I am in the centre of Italy, enjoying with my teammates the area's warm temperature, good food, great race profile and the chance to use this important scene as an opportunity to increase my level, and, why not, some good team and personal performance.

Until my next entry,

Bye

Marco Pinott

Racing starts in France

By:
Cycling News
Published:
February 08, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:56 BST

Hi guys, The season has started and I have made my debut in magenta in Marseille . I think everybody...

February 8, 2007

Hi guys,

The season has started and I have made my debut in magenta in Marseille. I think everybody looked forward to the race because you are not sure how your training has been until you compare your level at competition. Especially for me, because I have been training alone or only with one or two riders since the team's camp in Majorca.

I found the power meter very useful, it helps you to discover every little step ahead, but racing, it's really another thing. You can reach and experience high intensity zones that you think are difficult to touch only during your hard training days. That's why it's important to race; it helps to raise your level and improve your tolerance to fatigue.

Our hotel has very small rooms and it's a challenge any time you try to open your bag to search for some winter clothes, which we need many times here (it's raining outside at the moment...).

The race [in Marseille] was fast only in the first half, until a break with many teams [represented] formed. Then the peloton took it easy, saving energies for the following race, Bessèges.

In the end I like being back racing, since team spirit is good and aligned in the same view. We'll face many racing days. We are ready to enjoy the good ones and learn from the bad ones.

Stay connected.
Ciao,
Marco

Training in Majorca

By:
Cycling News
Published:
January 11, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:56 BST

Ciao a tutti, I spent the last 40 days at home, with unusual good weather in Bergamo, where I could...

January 12, 2007

Ciao a tutti,

I spent the last 40 days at home, with unusual good weather in Bergamo, where I could train well despite the traffic and everything else in the road. I spent more hours on the bike than normal, with other Bergamo riders and training mates, like Vanotti, Cortinovis, Guerini, Carrara.

I rested well on holidays and then trained hard on the surrounding days. I really had a nice time being at home almost the whole fall and winter. I needed it after a long season. Now I am hungry again for a successful year. With this mind, I left last Sunday from the airport with my new T-mobile outfit, reaching a beautiful location, on Majorca island.

Since our arrival the schedule was pretty busy; we've been tested in different ways in order to personalize and maximize our training. The camp is different from the ones I had with my former team [Saunier Duval-Prodir - ed.]. We do not ride only by bike, but we are making pre-ride gym sessions, and recovery sessions with active stretching and core work-outs. And, of course, lots of meetings and interesting work-shops that help me to understand the support tools I have at my disposal. I really like these days and I assure you I am not getting bored.

Team spirit is building day after day; we are walking on the path to become "Die Mannschaft"; becoming effective and great team. We are really taking it seriously.

Ciao
Marco

New sensations

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 07, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 11:56 BST

Hi cycling fans, I've just been back from the first training camp in Lanzarote, where I spent a week...

December 7, 2006

Hi cycling fans,

I've just been back from the first training camp in Lanzarote, where I spent a week with 15 riders from my new team, T-Mobile. The team gave me the opportunity to take my wife with me so I had really nice time over there. We stayed in a residence where you can do any kind of sporting activity you want, from surfing to boxing - including cycling, of course.

The days began with a short gym workout, followed by training ride that sometimes lasted up to four hours. The team directors went by bike too, and some of them were even in better form than the riders. The road were beautiful and even if it was windy, it was a pleasure doing those rides under the sun with an ideal temperature. After the ride, I spent time with my wife under the last hours of sun. Then we played some tennis or other sport, just to try to stay active the whole day.

A good thing was that there was no television in my room; I was in the dark about every piece of news and I appreciated it. I think everyone should try at least a week off from TV. Later, I found out that one stage of 2007 Giro d'Italia will finish in my home town of Bergamo. I have already put a big mark on the calendar that day.

Back home now, I keep on training as the winter approaches. I will spend some time in the gym again until Christmas and will try to survive the cold day by day.

Until next time,
Marco

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Marco Pinotti 07

He may be an expert against the clock, but Marco Pinotti is also a handy rouleur, making him a valuable guy to have on any team. In 2007, the affable Bergamasco will be riding in the colours of T-Mobile, where he'll be pretty in pink. You can also learn more at Pino's personal website. Australia UK USA