Palmares

Started my career at 15 in 1975, team was called U.S. Carbonate, category Allievo(youth), this is my first victory…

1 victory and 8 top 5 places in my first season, then 8 victories  and several top 5 on 1976 (second season) including twice top 5 at the Madonna del Ghisallo mountain classic finish near lake Como…

but the highlight of the season was winning the first edition of the Trofeo Ristorante Romagna race organized by my father with the finish line just outside the entrance of my family Hotel and Restaurant, late edition was also the very first victory of my good friend and famous cyclist…Claudio Chiappucci…

and this is my brother the chef Ivan, my cycling inspiration, just after the finish…

prize presentation between my dad on my right and my DS Ugo Bernasconi on my left…

In 1978 I moved to V.C. Varese L.Ganna as Junior and won 4 races on the first year plus several top 5, then on my second year I won 8 races (4 in 10 days) almost made to the Italian national team for the junior world championship in Washington…

…on my second year I found myself more confident on peloton sprints, just below the classic Milano-Borgomanero with a long (500mt front of the bunch) sprint and victory…

 

In 1979 moved to the famous GS Lema, academy style team we were leaving at the top floor apartment of the Hotel Ventolosa near the alps outside Bergamo…

Lead by the great director sportif Domenico Garbelli…

I managed in my first year as dilettante on winning 4 races of wich the very important Castellania-Alassio also called the race of Coppi…

training was hard and lifestyle was almost like a monk, very strict diet lead to make me lose weight and struggle most the season, despite winning few races on my first year, this is the face of a very tired Flavio…

on my second and last season as amateur or dilettante 1st category, I moved to G.S Monti, a moved wich I deeply regretted.

I’ve still managed to get great results and getting my pro contract, but despite the generosity of the management and technical support, I think leaving Garbelli was the greatest mistake.

Anyway as I said managed to win 5 races of wich the piccola Milano-Sanremo and another International early season…

then the targa d’Oro of Legnano…

practising my peloton finish again…

Lead for 2 days oat the “Settimana Lombarda”  International road race (in the photo with Moreno Argentin)…

and 5th overall at the “Giro della val d’Aosta”….

Refusing the national call for the Tour of Polonia was another stupid mistake, maybe because of the comfort of my pro contract for 1981.

Pro team Hoonved/Bottecchia…

After a slow start of the season this is my first victory on the top of the mountain stage of the Giro del Trentino were attacking at 2 km to go I’ve managed to keep a small distance to the rest including Francesco Moser and Moreno Argentin raising star of the italian cycling winner of 2 Liege-Bastogne -Liege, many stages at Giro, etc…

gained the leader jersey for the overall classification and lost it at the last time trial stage off Roberto Visentini.

During the same season  Giro D’Italia we won Team time Trial Giro d’Italia creating a great surprise by winning in front of very important team as Bianchi, Inoxpran Carrera and Moser team Famcucine…

Several top 10 place on Giro delle Puglie, Giro d’Italia and Tour of Suisse…

1981 Top five in Italian Championship and first of the neo-prof, Coppa Placci…

and again almost get into the national team for world champs in Goodwood, got in the top 5 in 2 of the 3 pre world selection races , but missing a 20 people b/away on the third one and loosing the national jersey call…

1982 not much racing due to surgery on the Achilles tendon, I’ve then moved on 1983 at Metauro Mobili Pinarello, were I spent most of the year working for my team mates, Lucien Van Impe and Joan Van der Velde were the joint captains…

In 1984 I regain confidence in my performance and started well with 12th at Milano-Sanremo and 18th at Paris-Roubaix….

and several top 10 at the Giro the same year, holding green jersey for 2 weeks til last stage won by Laurent Fignon…

In 1985 I’ve moved to Team Murella/Rossin, I had finally gain position for been amongst the top riders in the team, Garbelli was back, although was not coaching because he was sponsor with his company Rossin bikes.

he all team were coached by a new way of thinking in cycling and Aldo Sassi very young at the time started his career with us.

Errors were made and 10 out of 12 riders did not have a contract at the end of a terrible season including myself.

Aldo Sassi then became in the latter years a very recognized quality coach with Mapei and then set up is coaching business looking after several athletes, Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso amongst those.

My career then ended with few appearances in 1986 when I’ve attempted to ride solo without a contract.

Ciao.