It’s going to be a busy work week for the riders from Area Zero D’Amico, who will be on retreat in Valtellina at QC Terme Bagni di Bormio.
“We’d like to thank QC Terme, who is a partner for Area Zero D’Amico, for their hospitality,” explains team manager Ivan De Paolis. “These last few days here in Bormio we’ve found the ideal conditions in which to train and to prepare as best we can for the upcoming events of the next few weeks, which will be the Tour de Slovenie from June 19th to the 22nd, the Giro dell’Appennino on June 24th, and the Absolute Italian Championships in Cles, on the same roads as the Trofeo Melinda, on Saturday, June 28th. Beyond the workouts, this retreat is an important occasion to talk with the riders and share ideas, plan the future for Area Zero, hold educational sessions and build more cohesiveness in the interpersonal relationships within our group. These are all elements that have distinguished the Area Zero project since its inception.”
“I’m happy, the guys are working really well, coached by myself and our physical trainer Paolo Santello,” says Sports Director Massimo Codol. “We are at an altitude of about 1300 metres, the weather is nice and the climate is excellent. We started with some adaptation exercises, and then we worked on more specific areas; we also focused on time trials. Also, here the guys can test their mettle on some of the most monumental climbs in cycling like the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo. This will definitely be an important experience for our riders, who are all still quite young.”
The entire team is participating in the retreat, riders and staff alike, except for Giovanni Carboni who has been justifiably excused as he is studying for his laureate exams.
“Giovanni was born in 1995 and this year he is the youngest rider among the group of pros in Italy. He’s a serious kid, he’s working hard but it’s only right that he finish his scholastic endeavours,” explains the other team manager Andrea Tonti. “He is here to learn and get to know the world of professional cycling. This season he has already made some good moves, not the latest of which was the nice test in the Under23 Italian Time Trial Championships held on Sunday at Povegliano (Treviso) where, on an entirely flat course unsuited to his skills, he closed out in 7th place, close to the best times. As a rider he has a talent for this discipline; he’s working a lot on this aspect, both with our team as well as with the staff of the Italian National team.”