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New team, big motivation. Marco Pinotti wants to have a good season, but what's also important is...
New team, big motivation. Marco Pinotti wants to have a good season, but what's also important is the way those results are achieved. Cyclingnews' Shane Stokes met him at the T-Mobile training camp.
Having placed third on the Stage 11 time trial in last year's Giro d'Italia, former Italian TT champion Marco Pinotti is hoping that his transfer from Saunier Duval to T-Mobile this season will coincide with a Giro stage victory.
The 30 year-old had a very solid year in 2006, riding well in that race against the clock and also taking seventh on Stage 10 of the Italian Tour, sixth on the Stage 4 time trial in the Dauphiné Libéré, eighth overall in the Tour of Georgia, eighth on a stage of the Tour of Catalunya, fourth in Firenze-Pistoia and the runner-up slot in the Italian Time Trial Championships.
He's clearly banging on the door of a major win, and is hoping to land one or more of those with T-Mobile this season.
"My season will be focused around the Giro d'Italia," the friendly Italian told Cyclingnews. "I would like to ride a good Giro. The goal is to arrive there with my best fitness level and to use this form to win a stage if it is possible.
"I also want to ride every race in the front, because I feel more responsibility this year with this jersey. I don't want to go to race just to do my job, but rather to do my job really well. I want to be an example for the others."
To read the full interview with Marco Pinotti click here.