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Lampre Rider Profile: Mariano Piccoli

– He fell in love with the pink race in Lenzerheide, in the stage he won in front of Guerini.

-In the same year, the 1995, he led the mountains ranking, and wore the green jersey the year after.

-In 1998, he claimed the stage to Cuneo and led the points ranking (cyclamen jersey).

-In 2000, the blue-fuchsia Lampre-Daikin jersey crossed the prestigious finish in Milan.

-Of course, such a rider like Mariano Piccoli is expected to be a protagonist of the Giro.

-“Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espaсa excite me very much. The minimun I can do is to promise to win a stage.”

-Piccoli is one of the riders who will help the captain during the upcoming Giro.

-“I think that we all will pursue the same aim. I will race with Pavel Tonkov as captain for the first time. He seems a very calm fellow; I have raced with him four short stage-races (Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali – Volta al Pais Vasco – Giro del Trentino and Tour de Romandie) and he seems quite satisfied with the team starting in Groningen.”

-“It looks like a dangerous Giro,” the “gunman” goes on. “We should pay attention from the very beginning. The rain, the wind and the numerous fans between the Netherlands and Belgium, will force us to stay always in the front.”

-The next Giro d’Italia is even more important for the rider from Villazzano.

-“I’ve put the past behind the shoulders; I’m highly motivated above all because Eleonora and me will have a son at the end of July.”

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