Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The journey to the Copenhagen World Championships (September 19 to 25) begins next week for the Italian national team. Members of the squad will be in Livorno from February 28 to March 3rd to focus on the discipline of time trialing.
It's the first stage of a three stage process aimed particularly at young riders. Participating under under C.T. Paolo Bettini, the U23 C.T. Marino Amadori, and Scuola dello Sport del Coni people, are riders:
Alfredo Ballon - Lampre-Isd
Dario Cataldo - Quickstep
Adriano Malori - Lampre-Isd
Alan Marangoni - Liquigas-Cannondale
Marco Pinotti - Htc-Highroad
Manuel Quinziato - BMC Racing Team
National Under 23:
Diego Florio - G.S. Zalf Desiree Fior
Gianluca Leonardi - Site Marchiol Tassullo
Matthew Mammini - Mastromarco Chianti Sensi Benedetti
Alessandro Stocco - U.C. Treviso Bottoli Dynamon
Also, during the "Progetto Azzurro" there will be courses such as "The sense of belonging in modern cycling team", "The time trial: The performance model and its preparation", and the first lesson of "English for London 2012".
Photo: Marco Pinotti, five-time Italian Time Trial Champion (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Paolo Bettini (CT, Commissario Tecnico) of the Italian national squad arrived in Copenhagen yesterday to begin undertaking a recon of the 2011 World Championship road course in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was accompanied by Andrea Collinelli and Marino Amadori (CTs for the U23 teams), and Rino De Candido (CT, Juniors) and Mario Valentini (CT, paracycling).
Paolo Bettini came under criticism from some quarters for his team selection for the 2010 World Championships, especially from Mario Cipollini who was outspoken about Bettini's decision to not select a sprinter.
CT Dino Salvoldi who is not attending the inspection but is familiar with the roads after a visit in 2009 for the track Worlds commented, "It's a fairly easy route from the elevation profile perspective. For a long stretch it runs through a park where the road is narrow with a particular arrival because it has a ramp of about 500 meters that is misleading for anyone that sprints early."
Mark Cavendish, at the end of October, completed 2 laps on the 14 kilometer circuit. "The course is not as challenging as in Geelong, but is in fact tougher than I thought. It is technically challenging and I believe a quite big group will settle the medals in a sprint", Cavendish commented. "The sprint uphill will result in a power sprint", he said.
Photo: location of the finish line
The course in 15 minutes of video:
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The event website is www.copenhagen2011.dk
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