Evans about Andy and more

In an interview with Cyclingnews (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/evans-rates-schleck-and-basso-as-top-tour-de-france-rivals ) at the BMC training camp in Denia, Cadel said also:
Certainly Andy [Schleck] on paper will be the first guy everyone is looking at." And of course I agree “Then with Ivan [Basso] back in the Tour again and not riding the Giro, Liquigas has a really good team for the three-week races as it showed at last year’s Giro.”
Here I have got some doubts: Liquigas is a different team this year, strong but we can't compare yet, and the Tour isn't the Giro: it's harder, more stressful and restless, and opponents are different too.
In the Giro you see a clear separation between riders aiming to the final victory and sprinters hunting a stage. The mountain jersey is very often a conseguence of the overall fight. In the Tour it's different:
many very strong riders fight for many different goals. Strategies are more complicated.
If Contador will not start - and it seems he will not -
I don't see - yet - any real opponentbetween Andy and his glory. But I'm quite sure that he would win that Tour also against Contador, if he will keep is mind turn on for all the three weeks and excluding the enormous bad luck he had in the last one.
It's early to say but I think
true dangers for Andy would be young black horses, not old bad dogs. His great advantage is that he is still very young too but already has a great experience - in add to his wonderful talent. That will be his 4th Tour de France: how many racers can say the same at 26? and he was 2 times second. So... I can expect Basso on the final podium maybe, but not on the higest step.
I ignored completely the Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria, first race in Italy, but yesterday Manuel Belletti won the final stage, Sacha Modolo was 3th and won the BYR classification. Daniel Oss is 3th in final GC. I dedicated a Yes we like... to them and... yes, I like to see they started the season like that!
Best Young Racer

1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 4:29:42
2 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
4 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Sava
5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:06
Final GC
1 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 13:52:54
2 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:06
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale


Cyclocross: Stybar World Champ again! :D

In spite of his healty problems but after a great season Styby did it again: went ful gaz since the start, easily managed to remain alone with his main opponent Sven Nys and finally left him behind by an unstoppable exploit. Simply great!

Pauwels was in the second group and gained his podium at the sprint: how thin is sometimes the line between glory and nothing.

Stybar couldn't stop smiling as if he didn't belive in this victory. But he looked immediately very determinated and strong. After the awarding he went to kiss his family: good guy. But that isn't a surprise.

He had an hard moment this year, was forced to stop and skip some important races, got also many criticisms but kept his selfconfidence and facts demonstrate he was right. Congrats!!

He will race on the road for team Quick Step now and I'm looking forward to see him in Vlanderen and Roubaix.


Mercedes-Benz Autofestival pic spam

Wonderful pics by Caro Hermes: thx lucky girl!
I know what you are wondering now, but I am going to say nothing. Only that Andy is really the best guy in the world and that I am happy he apreciates me as a fan and likes my blog.
I'll try to deseve the kindness he showed me once more. And forgive all my mess: when you care too much sometimes you get nuts :D


Tour de Langkawi 7: Guardini made 4 - and more

Amazing: he won 4 sprints of 5 and in the 5th was 3th. He won 4 stages of 7, and 2 were mountain stages, he raced 7 races as a pro, won 4, got a podium and holds the points jersey. LOL. He's Italian but I don't know him so can't add anything. For sure I'd like to interview him and am working on.
Bdw 1 I promised you to make a Yes we like with Brice Feillu but it isn't easy to contact him... Martin Mortensen instead had my questions since December... but I am not sure to get his answers back. To work with cyclists is hard sometimes, then you meet super nice people like Alan Marangoni or Sacha Modolo or Martin Kohler or Robert Wagner... and they make your day.
But another interview is on the way, a great one.
Anyway, back to Tour de Langkawi, Emanuele Sella is still 3th in GC with only 3 days to go. I'd be glad if he could stay on the final podium. And one day I'll tell you a story about him. Meanwhile I created a group on fb to support him: look for 'Emanuele Sella - group" if you like. Belive me, he deserves that.
Now I know what you are thinking about: doping. But he was a stupid not a liar. He doped after the Giro, after those three amazing victories that made his name famous. Unfortunately his story was put together with Riccò's, who had problems with doping since when he was a junior. Sella was an hard worker all his life, never arrogant and never spoiled. I tell more another day.
Bdw 2 I tell something now about Contador's press conference: I watched it but it was useless, wasn't it? what could he tell? that he told.
Bdw 3
Andy was in Pinerolo few days ago for the presentation of that stage of Tour de France 2011. There were also Basso, Nibali, Hushovd, Cunego... Seeing the official picture I thought that ok, after Frank's marriage and Leopard - ops - LEOPARD TREK presentation Andy finally solved his 'how-should-I-dress' problem: wedding suit plus presentation scarf make a wonderful official outfit :)
1 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini-Neri Sotttoli 3:24:57
2 Robert Forster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling

3 Dene Rogers (NZl) Giant Kenda Pro Cycling Team

4 Boris Shpilevsky (Rus) Tabriz Petrochemical Team

5 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil-Shimano

1 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team 21:39:42
2 Jonnatha Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:02
3 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:19


Lele is back! - Guardini too

The second one just got his 3th victory in Tour de Langkawi, but Androni signed the mountain stages by another promising neo pro Monsalve. Emanuele Sella helped him well and also improved his GC: yesterday he was 3th.
I'm glad to see him back and in a good shape: he will race some important races in this season and will be able to show he's still one of the best climbers ever.
He lost two years, and when he was at the top, stupidly. He really helped the antidoping investigations and lost many 'friends' because of that. But he has never been an arrogant guy, he made - as I wrote - a soft comingback and true friends are still there.
Allez Lele!!

1 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 3:33:31
2 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team

3 Mirsamad Pourseyedi G. (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team 0:00:01
4 Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) MTN Qhubeka 0:00:03
5 Rahim Emami (IRI) Azad University Cycling Team

6 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:05
7 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Chipotle Development Team 0:00:08
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 0:00:17
9 Ghader Mizbani (IRI) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 0:00:31
10 Hyosuk Gong (Kor) Korea National Team 0:00:33

1 Libardo Nino Corredor (Col) Le Tua Cycling Team 15:59:46
2 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:02
3 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:19

Yes we like...Alan Marangoni

I quoted him writing about last Tour Down Under, I was impressed by his way to tell his experience there on fb and decided to interview him. So please Alan introduce yourself to 'Allez!' readers.

L'ho citato scrivendo del TDU, mi ha colpito il suo modo di raccontare la sua esperienza là su fb e ho deciso di intervistarlo. Per favore Alan presentati ai lettori di 'Allez!'

Ilaria: When were you born? Your height and weight?

(Quando sei nato? Peso e altezza?)

Alan: I was born in Lugo on 16/07/84. Weight 73-74, heigh 1,85.

Nato a Lugo il 16/07/84. Peso 73-74, Altezza 1,85.

Ilaria: When did you start cycling?

Quando hai cominciato a correre?

I started in 1993 when I was 9.

Ho iniziato nel 1993 all'età di 9 anni.

Ilaria: For wich teams did you race till now?

Per che squadre hai corso fin'ora?

Alan: S.c. Cotignolese, S.c. Rinascita Ravennna, Team Eternedile Ozzanese, U.s. Fausto Coppi Gazzera Videa, CSF-Navigare, Colnago-CSF.

Ho corso per S.c. Cotignolese, S.c. Rinascita Ravennna, Team Eternedile Ozzanese, U.s. Fausto Coppi Gazzera Videa, CSF-Navigare, Colnago-CSF.

Ilaria: Which were your best results and the most important races you took part in?

Quali sono stati i tuoi risultati migliori e le corse più importanti cui hai partecipato?

Alan: I won six Italian National Championships on the Track and the TT Italian National Championships under 23 in 2006. In 2006 I took part also in the TT World Championship in Salzburg. As U23 I won 10 road races and a stage in Giro del Friuli, international. As a pro I took part in Tirreno, San Remo, Giro d'Italia.

Ho vinto sei Campionati italiani in pista e il campionato italiano crono under 23 nel 2006. Nel 2006 ho partecipato anche al campionato del mondo crono a Salisburgo. Da dilettante ho vinto in totale 10 gare su strada. Una tappa al giro del Friuli, iternazionale. Da prof ho partecipato a Tirreno, San Remo, Giro d'Italia.

Ilaria: Ok, now we can start our interview! So Alan, how are you? How did you spend your holydays?

Ora possiamo cominciare la nostra intervista! Allora Alan, come stai? Come hai passato le vacanze?

Alan: Fine. My holyday ended long time ago sadly. In November I have been 4 days in Saragozza with my friends and 3 days to the thermes with my girlfriend.

Bene dai, le vacanze purtroppo sono finite da un pezzo. A novembre sono stato 4 giorni a Saragozza con i miei amici e 3 giorni alle terme con la morosa.

Ilaria: Season 2011 is just started: a look behind and a look foward. Which was your best day and which the worst and why? Did you learnt anything last year?

La stagione 2011 è appena cominciata: diamo un'occhiata indietro e una avanti. Qual è stato il tuo giorno migliore e quale il peggiore? Perché? Hai imparato qualcosa l'anno scorso?

Alan: My best day was in the Giro, the stage Levico Terme-Brescia where I was in abreack-away all the day and I dreamed the victory dream. The worst day in the TT National Championship: I aimed to a very good result because I kept a good shape after the Giro and instead I got a wrong day and in the end I was only 9th. That was a big disappointment. I raced the Giro d'Italia and ended it, there... I found out I can end a Giro d'Italia...

Il mio giorno migliore è stato quello della tappa al Giro Levico Terme-Brescia dove sono stato in fuga tutto il giorno e ho cullato il sogno della vittoria. Il peggiore è stato al campionato italiano crono dove puntavo a fare benissimo perchè avevo mantenuto una buona condizione dopo il Giro invece ho beccato una giornata storta e alla fine ho raccolto un misero 9° posto. È stata una grande delusione. Ho fatto il Giro d'Italia e l'ho finito, ecco...ho scoperto che posso finire un Giro d'Italia...

Ilaria: Which are your personal targets and hopes for the 2011?

Quali sono i tuoi obiettivi personali per il 2011?

Alan: My main goal is to take part in the Giro d'Italia and to be important for my team, the I'd like to get some personal satisfations and to win a race. Any races is ok.

L'obiettivo numero uno è quello di partecipare al Giro d'Italia ed essere importante per la squadra, poi vorrei togliermi qualche soddisfazione personale vincendo una corsa. Andrebbe bene qualsiasi.

Ilaria: You are just back from Tour Down Under. Is that your first time there? Do you like that race?

Sei appena tornato dal TDU. Era la tua prima volta lì? Ti piace questa corsa?

Alan: That was my second time in Australia. I have already been in Australia in 2006, inSidney for a a Track World Cup stage. But that was my first time in TOUR DOWN UNDER and I must admit that I likedit very much, first of all because of the wonderful people on the road and then because of the amazing places we crossed.

E' stata la mia seconda volta in Australia. In Australia c'ero già stato nel 2006 a Sidney per una prova di Coppa del Mondo in pista. Era la prima volta però al TOUR DOWN UNDER e devo ammettere che mi è piaciuto davvero tanto, prima cosa per il pubblico straordinario e seconda per i posti stupendi che abbiamo attraversato.

Ilaria: On fb you wrote: "I think I will remember Willonga climb for a long time. Not coz of his hardness, but coz of the emotion the people gave us by teir continous roar. Amazing!!!" Tell us about that day.

Su fb hai scritto: "Penso che ricorderò a lungo la salita di Willunga...non per la sua durezza, ma per l'emozione che il pubblico ha trasmesso con il suo boato continuo. Stupendo!!!" Raccontaci di quel giorno.

Alan: That day was really exciting! It was the 7th stage and we had to do that climb twice. People there was impressive. For a moment I lived again the Zoncolan in Giro 2010. At our first lap the roar was really strong, many were screaming “go lance go!” Unfortunately I was left a bit behind at the second lap and the mess wasn't the same.

Quel giorno è stato davvero emozionante! Era la sesta tappa e c'era da percorrere questa salita due volte. Impressionante la gente presente. Per un attimo ho rivissuto lo Zoncolan al Giro 2010. Al primo passaggio il boato è stato davvero forte, in tanti gridavano “go lance go!” Purtroppo il secondo passaggio l'ho fatto un po' staccato e la confusione non era sempre la stessa.

Ilaria: You also wrote: "4th stage like yesterday but 28 C degrees and wind in add! Anyway I was kinda impressed seeing the number 11 badly tyred as common mortals." Number 11 was Armstrong: what is your opinion about him as a person and rider, about his coming back and the last doping allegations?

Hai scritto anche: "4a tappa sulla falsa riga di ieri però con 28° e aggiungendo il vento! Comunque vedere da vicino il numero 11 faticare di brutto come i comuni mortali mi ha fatto un certo effetto..." Il n.11 era Armstrong: cosa pensi di lui come uomo e come corridore, del suo ritorno e delle ultime accuse di doping contro di lui?

Alan: I think that for good and for bad he remains a legend. Yes, true: there are many shadows on him but because of what he lived and the 7 Tours he won he reamins a myth. I think now everybody are against him because he would try to go into politics and somebody doesn't agree, so they want to put him in troubles. Ok, it's very probable that he wasn't a saint, but all those detectives should have investigated when he was racing and winning to be credible, not now after such a long time. That makes no sense. Non ha senso. Then I hate all those people who were in his staff, who now badmouth him after they ate in back of him.

Penso che nel bene o nel male rimanga sempre una leggenda. Si è vero, ci sono tante ombre su di lui ma per quello che ha passato e per i 7 Tour vinti resta un mito. Io penso che adesso si stiano accanendo contro di lui perché vorrebbe entrare in politica ma a qualcuno questo non sta bene e così vogliono segargli le gambe. Ok, molto probabilmente non sarà stato uno stinco di santo, ma se volevano essere credibili, tutti questi investigatori dovevano indagare nel periodo in cui vinceva, non adesso a distanza di anni. Non ha senso. Poi odio tutti quelli che erano nel suo staff che adesso lo sputtanano dopo aver mangiato alle sue spalle.

Ilaria: I already interviewed your ex mates Manuel Belletti and Sacha Modolo. You changed team and this year race for Team Liquigas, the most important Italian team. How did that come? How do you feel there? Which differences do you find?

Ho già intervistato i tuoi ex compagni di squadra Belletti e Modolo. Quest'anno tu hai cambiato squadra e corri per la Liquigas, la più importante squadra italiana. Com'è andata? Come ti trovi? E che differenza c'è?

Alan: I feel very well since now, I found immediately a good team spirit with my mates and sport directors. For sure that's a more demanding milieu compared to the old one. Projects are biger and you are asked a biger commitment. But I must admit I spent two really beautiful years in the team of Reverberi.

Per adesso mi trovo molto bene, ho trovato già da subito un buon affiatamento con i compagni e i direttori. Sicuramente è un ambiente più esigente rispetto a quello di prima. Si guarda più in grande e ti viene chiesto qualcosa in più come impegno. Però devo ammettere che con il team di Reverberi sono stati due anni molto belli.

Ilaria: What's your opinion about the Italian cycling: teams, young riders? Are you optimist or not?

Qual'è la tua opinione sul ciclismo italiano? Squadre, giovani corridori... Sei ottimista o no?

Alan: Cycling hurted itself a lot in last years, anyway it was the only sport trying a true change to clean up. Many riders payed [for their doping] and we lost a lot in terms of image. In spite of that I am optimist because I see there is still the will to go on, we still have some good teams (even if few) and there are many interesting youths who are growing up well.

Il ciclismo in questi anni si è fatto parecchio male da solo, è stato comunque l'unico sport a dare veramente una svolta per ripulirsi. Tanti hanno pagato e a livello di immagine abbiamo perso tantissimo. Però sono ottimista perché vedo che c'è ancora tanta voglia di fare, abbiamo ancora squadre in salute (anche se non tantissime) e ci sono molti giovani interessanti che stanno venendo su bene.

Ilaria: We are curious and want to know you a bit better so: Which is the cyclist you like more in the history of cycling? And now? And which one is more like you?

Siamo curiosi/e e vogliamo conoscerti un po' meglio :) Qual è il ciclista che ti piace di più nella storia del ciclismo? E di adesso? E quale ti assomiglia di più?

Alan: In the hystory, Pantani wowed me, like all in my generation, but I used to like very much also Ulrich, I used to support himbecause I was sorry he always was second in the Tour... Now as a rider I think I look like Bruseghin. Yes, ok: he didn't win so much, but he managed to have a long career, to earn well geting also some personal satisfations. I would sign now to get such a career.

Nella storia mi sono entusiasmato con Pantani come tutti quelli della mia generazione, ma mi piaceva molto anche Ulrich, facevo il tifo per lui perché mi dispiaceva facesse sempre secondo al Tour... Adesso come corridore penso di assomigliare a uno come Bruseghin. Si ok non ha vinto tanto ma è riuscito ad avere una carriera longeva e a guadagnare bene togliendosi anche le sue soddisfazione. Firmerei adesso per riuscire a fare una carriera come la sua.

Ilaria: Which is your dream race?

Qual'è la corsa dei tuoi sogni?

Alan: My dream race? A stage in Giro or Tour, anyone! A stage victory there would make me the happiest man in the world!
La corsa dei miei sogni? Una Tappa al Giro o al Tour, qualsiasi! Vincere una di quelle mi farebbe l'uomo più felice di questo modo!

Ilaria: Which is your best quality? And the worst?

Qual'è la tua qualità migliore? E la peggiore?

Alan: I think to be a true 'team man'', always ready to sacrifice himself. My worst fault is that often I underrate myself.

Penso di essere un vero “uomo squadra”, uno pronto a sacrificarsi sempre. Il peggior difetto è che spesso mi sottovaluto molto.

Ilaria: What do you like to do in your spare time? Favourite music?

Cosa fai nel tempo libero? Musica preferita?

Alan: I listen all kind of music, depending on my mood I opt for a band and a type. But my favourite artist ever is Ligabue...

Ascolto un po' di tutto, a seconda dell'umore scelgo gruppo e genere. Il mio artista preferito in assoluto comunque rimane Ligabue..

Ilaria: Favourite mouvie?

Film preferito?

Alan: The Green Mile

Il miglio verde

Ilaria: Favourite book?

Libro preferito?

Alan: Bleachers by John Grisham

L'ALLENATORE di John Grisham

Ilaria: Favourite country?

Paese preferito?


Ilaria: Favourite food?

Cibo preferito?


Ilaria: Thank you very much Alan for this nice interview and good luck for the rest of your season!

Grazie Alan per la bella intervista e buona fortuna per il proseguo della stagione!

UCI about Contador

Press release - Contador Case: clarification by the UCI




Following the confusion generated by yesterday's announcement by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) on the case of Alberto Contador – particularly concerning the "interim decision" of which the rider was notified – widely covered by the media, the UCI is obliged to clarify that this information cannot in any way be considered as an anticipation of the definitive decision in the case.

To date, Alberto Contador has not received a sanction and the UCI still awaits – in accordance with the provisions of its own regulations and those of the World Anti-Doping Code – to be informed of the decision of the RFEC Disciplinary Commission that should be provided as soon as possible.

The document that was forwarded to the UCI this afternoon by the RFEC only represents one element of the disciplinary proceedings undertaken by the Spanish Federation – and upon which the rider may express an opinion before being subject to the ruling – and cannot be used for the purpose of a potential appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

Only the definitive decision, that must be issued by the RFEC, can fulfil this purpose – within the time period established by the regulations – for the UCI, for WADA and for the rider himself.

Considering the major media interest in the case, the UCI regrets the inappropriate speculation that has characterised the proceedings and expresses its desire that this affair be drawn to a conclusion in an orderly fashion.

UCI Press Service


Countdown for Contador - and more

It seems that the Spanish Cycling Federation will release tomorrow its decision about Contador, and it seems that will be a ban of 1 year. But that is oing to be only the first word of a loooooong story, bacause both the rider and the UCI will probably contest it. It seems quite sure that Contador will lose his victory in the last TdF. All that is very annoying, specially when you think that other similar cases involving less famous riders ended quickly with a 2 years ban. I was in Paris and told you the mood wasn't the best. Bdw I'm waiting for Rikke translation and just got the answers for a new interview. But still I don't know... once again I don't feel like to go on with this blog. Tomorrow is another day.

More by L'Equipe and two words by me


A.Schleck said: “Just at the foot of the podium in Paris, when I saw Contador in the yellow jersey, was when I realised that I had lost the Tour and it fell upon me like a boulder "

I needed to isolate myself, to put some distance between myself and others.”

“Without this incident, he wouldn't have gotten away. I have regrets.”

I have my arm on his shoulder, but I am not doing anything. It was his way of saying, look, we are friends (….) But he knows what I think of him, and he knows that if we find ourselves in the Tour, I won't wait for mechanical trouble.”

Yeah, we saw, we know and we understand. But if you isolate from your friends too, from people always supported you and love you since when you were almost a kid... that isn't a good way to elaborate what happened there. As I said, take care.

Pic by Mathilde L'Azou

My name is trouble...

...my first name’s a mess
No need to greet me
I’m here to confess
But if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath

And if you le
t me love you I will love you to death

My chances end 'less I tend to possess
No game is out to my need to possess

But if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath

And if you let me love you I will love you to death

I'm petrified of emptiness a lot of signs of loneliness
Our love has te
nd to break me in two
If you’re to come back to me, this is
how … melody
There couldn’t be a better way through

My name is trouble my first name’s a mess
Born to deceive you brought up to redress

And if you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath

But if you make me need you I will need you less

I'm petrified of emptiness a lot of signs of loneliness
Our love has tend to break me in two
If you’re to come back to me, this is how...melody

There couldn’t be a better way through

My name is trouble my first name’s a mess
No need to greet me I’m here to confess

And If you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath

And if you let me love I will hold you down

If you let me hold you I won’t hold my breath
And if you let me love you I will hold you down

Keren Ann

Lyrics by http://www.sweetslyrics.com/822217.Keren%20Ann%20-%20My%20name%20is%20trouble.html

What a beautiful show...

According to Cyclingfans A. Schleck told l'Equipe (on paper) that arms-on-shoulders finish on Tourmalet entirely staged by Contador. "He put my arm on his shoulder". He's supposed to be in Pinerolo today, for something TdF related. Maybe somebody can ask, not me: I'd have gone few weeks ago but not now. Not my bussiness.
And why did you wait so long to tell?


Stybar to Quick Step: nice!

Tour de Langkawi: on guard against Guardini! and more

I saw him, I did. Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri), 1989, won his first race as a pro. And the sencond one too. In the 3th stage he ended 3th. And he's leading the GC of Tour de Langkawi. Ok, you can say that race isn't a top one and his opponents aren't very famous guys. However he won 16 races last year and the minimum we can say is that he would deserve stronger opponents. But it's only a matter of time, because his team just got an ivitation to Roubaix, Fleche and Liège.
Andy really moved to his new apart: few days ago he closed himself out... Too many hours palaying Guitar Hero? Yesterady he and Jakob have been seen ararriving to the presentation of the pictures book "Ech si Letzebuerg" by bike bringing a big carpet... Don't ask me what was the carpet for. Are they playing anything else?


A soft comingback: interview with E.Sella by M.Pastonesi

So I'm back to my first love... but don't think I forgot the last one. That doesn't end. Ah no...

Sella's winter: "My chance"
by Marco Pastonesi [Translation by Ilaria Pranzini, the original is here:
http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/05-01-2011/inverno-sella-712371811715.shtml ]
Emanuele Sella went to Team Androni and tells how is preparing his season looking for a new chance.

MP Sella, back on the sadle?
ES I am back since the midle of November because my season starts early, or better immediately, with Tour of Langkawi, 23-Jan-1 Feb. And so bike and gym the fisrt two weeks, the bike. A nice ride on the 31th of Dec: 5 h. The 1st of Jan: only 2 easy h. That's to say I never stop. And then trekking.

MP Where?
ES Monte Grappa is 5 kms from my home. I know all paths and walks and trenches and tunnels.

MP A cold winter.
ES Till now we saw a really few sun. So I'm always awake. I look the sky out the window and as soon as it stop raining I get dressed and go out. Sometimes with Ongarato, specially when when we go to a sportif, we have fun and also train. If not also on my own.

MP Anything changed?
ES I used to follow my feelings, I used to rely on my internal thermometer and barometer. In the new team, Androni, there is also a new coach, Fabrizio Tacchino with his Centro Studi. I have been told to train with a power meter.

MP What is it?
ES The HR signs your heartbeats and tells you which range or level you are working at,the power meter instead tell you how many wats we have to pedal with.

MP Sella, what about your 2010?
ES An transition year, a strange one, but all is usefull. I raced in fits and starts, I couldn't find my goals, in certain moments I just gave up, all considered it has been hard. I didn't win, when I well trained and races went well for me, I almost get a victory. A pity that was a short period.

MP And what about your 2011?
ES Gianni Savio noticed me, saw and followed. I explained him my mind, he understood and gave me that chance. A big chance. Savio calls me, supports and spurs me. And that gives me the confidence that I probably didn't feel anymore.

MP After Tour of Langkawi?
ES The Italian calendar, but meanwhile we are also waiting the invites to the races that we care the most about: Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-San Remo, Giro d'Italia.

MP A Giro that suits you too.
ES A Giro for clibers. I like the Giro anyway, I'd race it also back-to-front, start from Milano and finish in Torino. That's my heart race, it's into my skin, the one I dreamed when I was a child. Just to be there is a dream.

MP And you have the right team.
ES An attacking guys team, a climbers, adventurous lads team. There is Rujano, who was 3th in Giro 2005, there are Santoro and Monsalve, two very talented neo-pro, and there is Serpa, who already showed his value. It would be a lot of fun.

MP And do you still have fun on your bike?
ES Always. That's my passion. And more I climb and more I have fun. That's the amusement of pain, landscapes, solitude.

MP You made a soft comingback after your ban for doping.
ES I made a mistake and I payed. Amen, I turn the page, started living again. With the dued humbleness. Since that day [Note by me: when he told all to the antidoping court, not only about himself but giving a contribute to the investigations] I looked forward, with confidence and serenity. And step by step I'd like to find again my place in cycling.

MP The peloton?
ES Somebody understood me and somebody didn't. As always. As everywhere.

MP Sella, what's beautiful in cycling?
ES The bike. I love it, feel it, live it. It's with me since all my life. The bike isn't hard to me, never. I enjoy it. And will ever ride it.

MP Also to go shopping food?
ES That no.

MP And just for fun?
ES That happens.

MP And in holyday?
ES That will happen.

MP How many bike do you have?
ES A race bike, the new one, a Bianchi. A strong bike (?). A granny bike. And also a mbk, but at my parents' place. This winter I never used it, but I'll do. I wonder if I am still able to after I got so much used to go on the road. Physically I am, but not in my mind. In cylocross and mbk you start too much full gaz. And then I feel almost pity for bikers, seeing them in the cold. Just the idea to breath that cold is enough to make me cough.

MP Road, cross... and track?
ES When I was a child, as an esordiente and allievo [Note by me: cathegories before Junior] they used to bring me to the track. But I was hopeless. I was afraid. I used to stay 3 ms behind.

MP Sella, do you happen to have an obsession for the sadle?
ES No. The bike is for me like an orchestra for its leader: many united and coordinated instruments, harmoniously. I need to feel my bike as taylored for me.

MP And for sadle like a pass or climb?
ES Passo Sella and all the Dolomitic passes.

MP A climb for next Giro?
ES Zoncolan. But I know, I am not original.

MP Zoncolan, Mortirolo, Giau, Croce Domini... why climbs have got such unsettling names?

ES Maybe, but they sounds very sweet to me.

MP What does a climb mean?
ES A conquest. The conquest of an aim, like the K2 for an alpinist. And the conquest of a State, a state of beatitude, something magic: the lightness.

Once upon a time...

I told you somewhere that my god-mother lived in Luxembourg for many years. She was my mum aunt and my mum was her favourite nice, so she gave her many beautiful gifts and used to bring her in holyday.

Given that she was really rich, her gifts were expensive and her holydays a blast. She used to live in Luxembourg the most but had a large penthouse in Roma, an old family home in Florence - my home at the moment - and spent every years the summer in hotel near Bolzano.

But when she was in Luxembourg and got bored she used to go to shoping to Paris. A bella vita, you see!

When I was a child, I couldn't stand her: she was too elegant, too snub, too aristocratic for my taste. I was a little wild sauvage. However I apreciated her gift for my Communion: a super cool Olympus camera! I was 9 and that wasn't exactly a toy.

She died long time ago.

Yesterday my mum found that letter: it's an invite by Le Grand-Duc et La Grande-Duchesse to a party aù Chateau de Berg.

My god-mother's husband was the vice-president of the Banque Européenne d'Investissement.

1973, you see. I wasn't born yet.

But that letter made me smile. How somebody told me once... yeah, I have 'something' with Luxembourg...


TDU 6: King Cameron Meyer

Track World Champion, National Champion, Winner of the greatest race in his home country. For 2 seconds. Really a well deserved victory by a very talented guy. He looks happy in the podium pic, doesn't he? C.Meyer is the king but M.Goss remains the boss: 3th in the stage, 2nd in the race, an impressive TDU .
Team Sky got the stage by Ben Swift and it's nice to see that almost every team put his man in the sprint. Henderson showed a 'low profile' in this first race, the same I'd say about Cav, but in add he crashed bad so no surprise if he just won... la lanterne rouge...
Sir Lance won my special prize for senselessness
: he started TDU as his last race and ended it unimpressively without an even symbolic exploit. Do you remember Gibo Simoni's last Giro? He showed his class for the last time and would have won a prestigious KOM if a young breacker didn't have prevented him. Armstrong showed just his blak socks.
My special prize for young talents goes to Simone Ponzi
(1987), who was still there and ended 18th: pro since 2009 he left Lampre for Liquigas in 2011 and it seems a good choice. Finally, a word for Ten Dam (5th): Team Rabobank man for TDU rightly was Matthews (4th) but he had more then just an help in Ten Dam, who made as well a very good race.
Pic 2 by Mark Gunter
1 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 1:53:47
2 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling

3 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad

4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Radio Shack

5 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard

6 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana

7 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto

8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team

9 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek

10 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) UNI SA - Australia

11 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team

12 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team

13 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team

14 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo

15 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

16 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad

17 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD

18 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia

19 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

20 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo

21 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team

1 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 17:54:27
2 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:00:02
3 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:08
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:09
5 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:10
6 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:17
7 André Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:26
8 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

9 Allan Davis (Aus) Astana 0:00:27
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) UNI SA - Australia 0:00:28
11 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team
16 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:39
18 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
30 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:02:11
31 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:02:15
32 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:16
33 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:02:22
34 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:02:23
43 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:36
50 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek 0:03:26
67 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radio Shack 0:06:42
129 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 0:33:51