Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia Going to the GP Nobili Rubinetterie
Francesco Baldi to make his debut among the pros.
Area Zero – D’Amico – Bottecchia’s season continues. This week the all Italian continental team led by team manager Ivan De Paolis will be lining up for the start of the Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie – 12th Coppa Papà Carlo Trophy – 7th Coppa Città di Stresa Trophy. The race is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. This Piedmont classic that has become one of the most important dates on the Italian Spring calendar and will cover 187.5 km on the traditional route from Suno to Stresa on Lago Maggiore.
“I foresee a very fast race with a high average speed, right from the very first pedal strokes, like what happened last year. There’s a slight uphill in the final to be repeated twice, which is not to be underestimated. It probably won’t be very selective, however, because there is time to recuperate all the way to the finish line,” says sport director Massimo Codol. “As far as we’re concerned, our fast men who do well on climbs, too, are Silvio Giorni and Antonio Parrinello, who is growing. We can also count on Paolo Ciavatta, who is fresh off a nice podium in the GP Izola, although these last few days he’s been struggling with a slight flu virus.”
Francesco Baldi will be making his season debut for Area Zero – D’Amico – Bottecchia.
“Our team especially wants to act as a gym, where young guys can gain experience,” explains team manager Ivan De Paolis. “This kid born in 1996 is definitely a good challenge; he just recently turned 19 and he still goes to the Scientific High School, alternating his studies with his competitive activities, as well he should. He comes from Campania, in the South, more specifically from Cava de’Tirreni (Salerno), which is also the land of one of the sponsors that lends their name to our team, D’Amico Sottoli. Francesco is coming to the world of the pros after having shown some good moves among the Juniors, racing with a team in Northern Italy. We expect that with us he will be able to follow a path of maturation and growth.”