Tafi & Nardello Preview World’s Circuit
– Reported by Mapei website –
After yesterday’s triumphant win at the Tour of the Flanders, Andrea Tafi and Daniele Nardello made the most of the presence of the Italian National Team’s Technical Commissioner, Franco Ballerini to take a preview today of the route of the World Championships that will be taking place at Zolder next October. After giving television interviews and signing autographs, the two undisputed heroes of the Flanders rode 2 laps of the 13,100 kilometres circuit that, for the major part, takes place inside the motor racing track of Zolder where the race starts and finishes. Riders’ and journalists’ first impressions of the course were that it is one of the easiest routes in the story of cycling. Riders and journalists also both agreed that the course would be particularly suitable for sprinters. There aren’t any up-hill sections of any relevance apart from two slight ascents that link the racing track to the rest of the route.Technical Commissioner Franco Ballerini explains “having Tafi and Nardello in their actual excellent conditions would be an immense help to me on this race route”.The ‘gladiator’ agreed with the Technical Commissioner’s theory, adding, “that it is too early to be programming things” “At the moment – continued Tafi – the most important thing is that I have been able to see the circuit. The only thing that would make the race a little more selective would be bad weather”.Daniele Nardello, Italian Champion, also said that he was very much interested in the prospects of taking part at Zolder 2002 pointing out the following: “the route really isn’t ideally suited to my type of racing; however, I am a racer that, as well as being able to play my own chances, have always demonstrated my ability in being at the team’s disposition”.In the meantime, time is passing; the Gent-Wevelgem race is just around the corner…. There is still plenty of time to think about the World Championships.