Giovanni has shown he has the brains as well as the legs it takes, by brilliantly surpassing his A-level exams with marks of 80/100 at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario in Pesaro. “I’m happy, I made it after all! It’s been quite a few busy months, pursuing my studies and trying to reconcile all my commitments with training and racing…it hasn’t been easy. But it meant a lot to me to finish high school,” says Carboni. “Especially between May and June I had to forego my bike for a while to put in a last sprint on the books. Indeed, I’d like to take this chance to thank the team for their support and for having given me the possibility to concentrate on school these last few weeks.”
Can we compare the A level exams a little to a bicycle race? “Yeah, I would say it was like a stage race. The first stage was the composition in Italian. I chose the socio-economic theme; it should have been an easy segment, but in fact, as often happens in cycling, it turned out to be trickier than I thought,” explains Carboni. “The second stage was the estimate test (the math exam). On paper it was nothing less than a super Dolomite stage; it was the one I was most afraid of but in the end I made it through with flying colours. Then there was the so-called super quiz, with questions in four different subjects…a little like those sundry stages, all ups and downs without a metre of flatness. And to finish things off like the stage on the Champs Elysées, the oral test. By that point it seemed like the worst was behind me…but when it came my turn I realized that I had left my outline notes at home; it was on the use of anabolic steroids in zoology…basically, “doping” in animal husbandry. Incredible, since in a bike race I’d never forgotten anything… helmet, glasses, shoes…and instead for the exam I had! Luckily, I was saved by e-mail; I had the file sent to me.”
Your graduation on the books has been archived, now it’s time for your graduation on a bike. “Yes, exactly, but on a bike I still have a long way to go,” continues the neo-professional from Area Zero D’Amico. “I have a lot to learn. I hope I make it; I’m going to give it everything I have. The bicycle is not only a passion; I feel like it’s my life. This year, thanks to Ivan De Paolis and Andrea Tonti, who chose me to be a part of the Area Zero D’Amico project, I’ve had a chance to approach the world of professionalism. Every race is a new experience. Here on the team I felt at home right away, there is a wonderful harmony. I have a great relationship with the other riders. On the staff I’ve met qualified and prepared individuals who are completely open and always available, starting with our athletic coach Paolo Santello, who follows us closely in training.”
Now what are your plans? “I can’t wait to get back into the pack and into the races. Meanwhile, next week I will be taking part with the rest of the team in a training camp that we’re holding in Bormio (from 13 to 18 July), and then we will decide the schedules for the second part of the season. This retreat will be a nice occasion for me to test myself on the great climbs that have made the history of cycling, like the Stelvio and the Gavia, which I hope one day to face in a race during a stage in the Giro d’Italia,” concludes Carboni.