Pozzato urges vaccination as COVID-19 condition improves

Filippo Pozzato
(Image credit: Veneto Classic)

Filippo Pozzato has shown signs of improvement in his COVID-19 condition, with the former Italian pro urging others not to make the same mistake as he did, and to get vaccinated.

Having fallen ill and tested positive towards the end of October, Pozzato was admitted to hospital last Tuesday, where he has been treated for pneumonia with supplemental oxygen. 

He was first fitted with a nasal tube and then moved onto an oxygen mask, but the deterioration now appears to have been arrested. 

"I'm better, they made me get up and I even took a shower," Pozzato told La Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in new tab) in a short update on Tuesday. 

Pozzato, 40, began to feel ill on October 22, three days shy of his appointment for his first vaccine dose.

He had the opportunity to receive the vaccine earlier but declined, partly due to the demands of the 'Ride the Dreamland' series of races he was organising in October, and partly due to feeling 'strong' enough to do without it. 

It is a decision he now regrets. Having described himself as an 'idiot' at the weekend, the 2006 Milan-San Remo winner expanded on his stance on vaccination in a television interview from his hospital bed with La7.

"I wasn’t worried, I didn’t think I’d catch COVID-19. I’d had contact with a number of people who were positive in the last 18 months but I’d never caught it. I underestimated it all, making a big mistake, and this is the result," he said. 

"I’f I’d had the vaccine, I probably wouldn’t have ended up in hospital. My mum is vaccinated and got it from me but she only had a slight temperature for a couple of days and then recovered. 

“I’ve realised we’re all at risk, even if we are fit, healthy and quite young. I can only advise everyone to get vaccinated. It’s fundamental to avoid the worst of it all. I think we should all get vaccines out of respect for those who have lost their lives and those who have worked to cure people who have been hit by COVID-19."

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Cyclingnews is the world's leader in English-language coverage of professional cycling. Started in 1995 by University of Newcastle professor Bill Mitchell, the site was one of the first to provide breaking news and results over the internet in English. The site was purchased by Knapp Communications in 1999, and owner Gerard Knapp built it into the definitive voice of pro cycling. Since then, major publishing house Future PLC has owned the site and expanded it to include top features, news, results, photos and tech reporting. The site continues to be the most comprehensive and authoritative English voice in professional cycling.