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Cassani recalls GF Gimondi “I rode it three times… absolutely amazing!”
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“I rode it three times… absolutely amazing!”

Davide Cassani had a strong link with the maglia azzurra throughout the last 30 years of Italian cycling’s history. Once upon a time, Davide was the key-man in the squad led by Alfredo Martini, whose heritage on the national team car is now in his hands. Cassani also dressed the maglia azzurra when experiencing the Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi – Bianchi (coming as soon as May 4th for the 18th time, after an off-year due to viability problems) in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 editions.

An old photo the organization’s chairman Giuseppe Manenti discovered in the archive cued to wipe some nice souvenir: “Talk about destiny… It is from the edition of 14 years ago, when Cassani lined up at the start with his maglia azzurra alongside Giovanni Bruno, Raisport editor at that time. Davide has given an impressive contribute to the national team’s successes, and deserves now the best wishes as new Italian team’s technical director”.

“I cherish a clear memory of my Granfondo Felice Gimondi in 2000 – Cassani explained – it was a funny day indeed. I chose the medium route: the GF Gimondi offers amazing courses and landscapes, with harsh but steady climbs, and a top-class organization to make perfect the whole”.

In spite of the new office, Cassani is still an active rider loving the Gran Fondo: “Away from unforeseen commitments, I like to take part to this kind of races occasionally, you can really enjoy as long as you keep a stress-free approach”.

After closing his professional career in 1996, Davide maintained a perfect shape, through a wise biking-running turnover, and even became a roadrunner. Just together Marathon Olympic Champion Stefano Baldini, he’ll be the guest-star of “Training Center” broadcasted by Italian network Radio Deejay each Sunday, talking about sport practice. “I nimbleness rode 100 km-distance few days ago, and also run regularly. As I clocked 2h45’ in my last marathon, I’m quite satisfied with myself, considering the age…”

The 18th Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi – Bianchi registrations run smoothly meanwhile, Anyone can sign up through the online application by credit card, or alternatively by bank transfer, postal bulletin or directly to the organization headquarter in Bergamo (Via G. Da Campione, 24/c).

For more information: info@felicegimondi.com.

Davide Cassani e Giovanni Bruno al via della GF Gimondi 2000
Davide Cassani at the start of 2000 GF Felice Gimondi, aside to Giovanni Bruno, Raisport director at the time (now specia editorial projects director at Sky)

 

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