Italy's Filippo Pozzato is making an early start to his 2009 season that includes a trip to the sponsor's base in Moscow. The winner of the 2006 Milano-Sanremo accompanied his new Katusha teammates to the Russian capital for the team's presentation.
"I have never been to Moscow. Negative six degrees [Celsius], snow, traffic. I saw only one guy on a bike, doing balancing acts on the iced asphalt," said Pozzato to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Pozzato re-started his training early to be prepared for 2009 and has ridden 2000 kilometers since the start of December. He intends to be ready for the season along side new teammates Gert Steegmans and Robbie McEwen.
"I want to start strong. I will begin racing in Qatar, dedicating myself to the Northern Classics. I will go on to race the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. Too much? No, I have already done it, and I can do it again."
Pozzato aims to win immediately because he believes it is his responsibility to do so. (GB)