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Giro d’Italia Bio under27 report

antonio bevilaqua vestito

Just spoke to my friend Antonio Bevilaqua direttore tecnico of U.C. Bergamasca to know the latest development at the Giro d’Italia for under 27 where GB Peter Kennaugh from the British Academy is challenging Cesare Benedetti from U.C. Bergamasca for overall leader position.


After stage 4 Peter was only 2 seconds away from the lead, but today, stage 5 was very unlucky for him and he punctured twice at a critical time of the race and lost 1 and half minutes to the leader.


Tomorrow is a rest day, then stage 6 totally flat race, so should be no changing in general classification.

I’ll keep you posted with my personal feeder from Italy.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Race reports | Leave a comment

Franco Bitossi ” The crazy heart”


Passo dello Stelvio

An excellent junior and amateur, with respectively ten and twenty wins, turns professional in 1961 within the Philco ranks, winning just the second stage (Campobasso-Termoli) in the Three Days of the South
Despite this successful debut, his first two years of professionalism were not particularly brilliant. But it was the start of a long career (18 seasons) dotted with victories in prestigious races in particular. Three Italian Road Championships, two Tours of Sydney, two Zurich Championships, and other major races, are set out in his palmares despite the renowned cardiac hypertrophy he suffered from (hence the nickname “Cuore Matto”). It often forced him to stop racing on the edge, sometimes mid-race, to bring his pulse back to normal, before resuming to recover, and try to challenge the win. In reality it was more of a psychological than a physiological problem, such that in the’70s, thanks to the care of his team doctor Dr. Falai, the problem appeared less (but the nickname remained).


He was not really a man for general classement although you should still remember the good placings he achieved in the Giro d’Italia (7th, 8th and a 10th place) victory in the Tour of Switzerland in 1965 and in the Tirreno-Adriatico and Volta a Catalunya in 1970.

He had many successes yet, paradoxically, is often remembered maybe more for a defeat: the World Championships in 1972 in Gap, he was commanding in the last kilometre but was passed at no more than ten meters from the finish by teammate Marino Basso, which deprived him of the rainbow jersey. He was a protagonist in other editions of the Worlds, fourth at Imola in 1968 and third in 1977 in San Cristobal, Venezuela.

bitossi giro70

June 15, 2009 Posted by | Old stories | Leave a comment

Giro D’Italia Bio under27 (ex Giro d’Italia Baby )

This is the latest from Giro d’Italia under27. We are never going to stop this  cancer just with getting a “painkiller”- we need to eradicate it with surgery!

dop cyclist

FLORENCE, June 12 2009 – Four members of the Tour of Italy for amateurs under 27 do not start this morning. Italians Antonio Casimiro Parrinello, 20 years (Bedogni-Grassi-Natalini-Gr. Prague), Simone Campagnari, 23, and Francesco Varena, 22 (shoemakers Montegranaro Marini Silvano), and the Russian Pavel Kochetkov. Values fold. The most accredited was Russian, which this year won the Trofeo De Gasperi, was ranked second in the final ranking of the Giro del Friuli and came second – behind a team and Egor Silin escape – in the Cup of Peace. What has been christened GiroBio, a race marked by cleanliness and transparency, has started to run even before the runners. “The controls of yesterday morning, however, announced – explains Giancarlo Brocci, the head of the competition – have worked. We do not discount anyone. Our line is extremely rigorous. Officially, the exclusion is due to inability for health reasons, but this is obviously a change of mentality wrong. Nine in 10 days stages: today the first, Firenze-Modena, 174.6 km, 164 at the start (instead of 168 members.

dop pills

Surgery needed!!!     LIFE BAN FROM THE SPORT!!!! To eradicate the problem.

June 13, 2009 Posted by | Doping | Leave a comment

LAURENT FIGNON! FORZA ONCE MORE…….to fight cancer this time.

laurent fignon 80s

This is it the “professor” Laurent Fignon, so he was called in the peloton because of his glasses.

This is how I remember him, light, fast, effortless. The first time I’ve raced with him was at the Tirreno-Adriatico 1984 stage race in preparation for the Milan-Sanremo and at the end of one  stage he went at 5km to the end with the peloton at full speed and managed to keep 5omt to the end. I thought: ” how did he do it?” and many other thought the same. The rest is history just google his palmares and you will quick realize.

Is now fighting with cancer and I wish him and I hope to win this time, once more.


June 12, 2009 Posted by | Training | 1 Comment

Power to body weight of a champion

You probably think I’m a fan of Marco……well yes I am,  because beside all the doping issue around his story the table below easy explain why was such a great performer when was time to conquer a climb and this with or without doping aid:









Marco Pantani Miguel Indurain Evgeny Berzin Lance Armstrong Laurent Jalabert YOU Non athlete
Pow. aer. at threshold
400 W 550 W 510 W 550 W 535 W 000000 150-170
Weight in kilograms 53 80 64 77 68 000000
Freq.at threshold 175/min 170/min 178/min 188/min 178/min 000000 150-170
Freq.a rest 34/min 28/min 42/min 40/min 44/min 000000 60-80
Polm Cap. 6 litri 7,8 litri 5,5 litri 7,2 litri 7 litri 000000 3-4 litri
Max pow. aer. aer. (Estimated) 5,6 l/min 7,8 l/min 6,5 l/min 7,5 l/min 7 l/min 000000 2,5-3,5 l/min
Max pot. aer. (ml/min kg)
105 97 100 97 103 000000 35-5

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Do you know? | Leave a comment

Alfredo Binda the legend

Alfredo Binda


One of the greatest riders of the 20’s and 30’s was born on 11 August 1902 in Cittiglio, a small town in the Varese area of Northern. Binda’s story is simply unique: not only could he win, all the most important races in Italy and abroad, but could, in his capacity as coach, help bring triumph to other athletes. Athletes with the calibre of Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi. His palmares as a rider include, 4 Tour of Lombardy, 4 Italian championships, 2 Milan-San Remo, 3 World Championships and 5 editions of the Tour of Italy, with 41 stage wins. It is said that because of his extraordinary superiority, in 1930 he was paid approximately 22,500 lira by the organizers not to take part in the Giro that year…
The name of Alfredo Binda opened the roll of honour at the World Championships. The man from Varese is took victory in the first edition, which took place in 1927, he also achieved a further 2 victories in his career. His record of 3 wins still stands to this day. In 1936 he left the athletic activities of racing and became coach of the Italian national team: leading to victories at the Tour de France with Bartali in ‘48 and Coppi in’49 and ’52, and also the rainbow jersey of the world championships with Coppi in Lugano in 1953.

alfredo binda comissario

below one of  Coppi’s legendary climbs at the Giro d’Italia’s, Passo dello Stelvio with Alfredo Binda in the car…

coppi's direttore sportivo

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Direttore Sportivo | Leave a comment

Which car should you buy for your bike?

A fun way to see cycling is to see how far people would show the love for cycling……..


HC) Digger


1) Ferrari

ferrari and bike 3

2) Volvo

volvo and byke

3)Volkswagen Beetle

beetle and bike

4)Opel Corsa

opelcorsa e bici

5)Smartsmart and bike

6) Fiat Idea

fiat idea e bici

7)Rolls Roice

rolls roice and bici



June 8, 2009 Posted by | Question? | 1 Comment

Brothers in cycling

I was always interested in cyclist brothers, don’t ask me why but this are some of the one that I remember. By the way looks like the younger one are the stronger!

If you know of any please post me details and i will add to the list. In alphabetical order:

Algeri Vittorio e Pietro

algeri pietro

algeri vittorio vittorioso

Baronchelli Gianbattista e Gaetano

baronchelli brothers

Bevilacqua Antonio e Leonardo

bevilacqua brothers

Cipollini Mario e Cesare


CIPOLLINI Mario - 3.jpg

Coppi Fausto e Serse


De Vlaeminck Roger and Eric


Downing Dean and Russel

downing b2

Madiot Marc and Yvon

madiot marc 1981yvon madiot

Moser Enzo, Aldo and Francesco

moser enzo

moser aldo

moser francesco

Schlech Frank and Andy

schleck brotheres

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Do you know? | 1 Comment

Andrea Chiurato Silver medalist 1994 tt Wordl Championships in Sicily (Italy)

A very good friend of mine Andrea Chiurato did had a very respected career as a professional rider.


I remember him as a very enthusiastic 14/15 years old boy just starting his racing career.

We were leaving in the same town in Italy (Tradate) near Varese and at the time I was already racing as a pro with Hoonved/Bottecchia I took this little boy and other team mate of him for a ride.


I remember to play a game were who was winning the sprint on top of a climb or a road sign the prize would have been my cap a pro-cap!

And of course he won, promising lad during his career (10 years!) he worked very hard for his team captain (Bugno, Fignon etc) and when free to do his race he did very well fantastic time trialist he came 2nd at 1994 world champ in Sicily beated by Boardman (48sec) and in front a Jan Hullrich(3rd).

chiurato podio

He now train a team in Switzerland and enjoys his regular rides with our town boy Claudio Chiappucci.

io e andrea

June 3, 2009 Posted by | Old stories | Leave a comment

Training diary


training foto

Hi guys this is the time, date and details of the training that I’m doing if anybody wants to join me I’ll be very happy, we leave from:

Zappi’s cafe’  67 Walton st  Oxford OX2 6AG


Every Saturday at 9am club ride from outside the shop at 67 walton street Oxford OX2 6AG.

See you!

June 2, 2009 Posted by | Training Diary | Leave a comment


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