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Area Zero D’Amico: The Retreat in Bormio Wraps Up with Success

Next objectives: Slovenia and Appennino. The riders’ statements. Watch the new video.

Today’s last morning ride concluded the retreat that saw Area Zero D’Amico pedalling all week in Valtellina. It was an intense, productive week for the young, new, all-Italian Continental team lead by team managers Ivan De Paolis and Andrea Tonti. The troupe were guests at the QC Terme Bagni di Bormio facilities, one of the main partners of Area Zero.

“I’m very satisfied, we did some great training, alternating groundwork with more specific workouts for speed and also for time trials,” says DS Massimo Codol. “Thursday was a very intense day for the guys; we covered a lot of distance in a ride that lasted about 6 hours; 170 km with more than 4 thousand metres of altitude change between Italy and Switzerland with Passo del Foscagno, Forcola, Bernina, Fuorn Pass and Stelvio. In these last few days we also took on Gavia and Mortirolo. It was an important experience for everyone, for some of them it was their first time on these timeless legends of cycling.”

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Andrea Pasqualon: “In February I got off to a good start with two podiums at the GP Etruschi and at the Laigueglia. Then unfortunately I had a few problems and the injury in the Paris-Camembert. Fortunately I recovered in just a few weeks and when I got back into the races, in Austria, at the GP Sudkarnten I immediately scored a victory, my first for 2014 and more importantly the first for Area Zero D’Amico; a nice accomplishment for everyone. Here in Bormio I did a great job. For the first time I tested myself against a legendary climb like the Stelvio, it was fantastic. Now I’m aiming to do well in the Tour de Slovenie, there are two stages suited to my skills and then it means a lot to me to show up in my best form for the starting line of the Italian championships in Cles”.

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Paolo Ciavatta: “Everything went perfectly. We had a splendid week, exceptional weather; we pedalled on extraordinary routes and enjoyed the highest level of hospitality thanks to our partnership with QC Terme Bagni di Bormio” says Paolo Ciavatta. “We really couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m doing great, recently in Spain, at the Vuelta Castilla Leon I captured the jersey for best climber, but I’d also like to get a victory. Now I’ll do the Tour de Slovenie, the Giro dell’Appennino, a race I like and which is well suited to my skills, and then the Italian championships.”

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Simone Petilli: “Here in Bormio it’s been a perfect week. These are my kind of routes and the climbs I love most of all. Plus, this retreat was one more occasion to build cohesion in the group, on the team there is an excellent atmosphere between the riders and staff. I’m very satisfied with the first part of my season. Each race was a new experience. I felt the joy of winning the jersey for best young rider at the Coppi & Bartali. Now for me the calendar also foresees Slovenia, Appennino and the Italian competition. I feel well and I’m confident, as always we’ll be riding united with the goal of giving it our all and making a good impression, according to the spirit of Area Zero.”

The Bormio retreat was also the occasion to produce a fun new video, recorded live without rehearsals by the very same riders from Area Zero, which focuses on “the typical day of a rider”…watch the video:

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