De Marchi: My way of doing things is more romantic than modern cycling allows

Giro dItalia 2021 104th Edition 4th stage Piacenza Sestola 187 km 11052021 Alessandro De Marchi ITA Israel StartUp Nation photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021
Alessandro De Marchi of Israel Start-Up Nation finished second on stage 4, riding into the race lead (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For 11 years as a professional, and 17 more on a bike before that, Alessandro De Marchi’s place was always off the front and in the wind, but usually off the podium and out of the prizes. It certainly wasn’t here, wearing the maglia rosa of the Giro d’Italia.

“I feel a bit disoriented, almost out of place,” the Israel Start-Up Nation rider said apologetically in Sestola, and then repeated himself softly. “I feel a bit out of place. I was maybe too used to trying, too used to never giving up, but still never picking up the big prize. I think until I’m alone in bed tonight, I’ll still be disoriented like this. I might even cry a bit, but then I’ll be ready for tomorrow.”

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