BARDIANI CSF FAIZANÈ: THE 5 YOUNG TALENTS SELECTED FOR THE GIRO D’ITALIA U23.
After a few weeks the Giro D’Italia, it is time for Bardiani CSF Faizanè to focus on the U23 Giro D’Italia. Under the guidance of sports director Mirko Rossato, Martin Marcellusi, Alessio Nieri, Alessandro Pinarello, Giulio Pellizzari and Iker Bonillo will be at the start. Great absent Alessio Martinelli, announced leader of the formation, due to a contracture at the last Giro dell'Appennino.
The Giro d’Italia Under23 will be staged from 11 to 18 June. 7 stages in 8 days to crown the Under23 pink jersey. 18 Italian teams at the start, 17 international ones with a top-level starting list. The 2020 edition was won by Thomas Pidcock, the 2021 by Juan Ayuso. In 2022 there will also be 5 Under23 athletes of Bardiani CSF Faizanè, with the new youth project, to compete for the stage victory. The formation should have also aspired to the fight for the general classification with Alessio Martinelli, who will unfortunately be one of the great absentees of this Giro.
Leading the team in teamcar Mirko Rossato, who during the season followed his young athletes step by step, also accompanying them to Livigno in the month of May to measure their growth in condition. The selection that emerged will see at the start a mix between young athletes (two in their first year in the Under category) and experience, as well as athletes with different characteristics to be competitive in each fraction.
These are the words of Mirko Rossato, DS who, since the first training camp in January, has closely followed the youngsters of the youth project: “Unfortunately it is impossible not to start from the great absentee Alessio Martinelli. He was well prepared on the heights and had achieved results. important both among the Under, and among the Pros with the 7th place in the Apennines. Unfortunately in the final of that race as seen from the images he accused a cramp, which then turned into contracture. He tried to recover for the whole week, but he failed and will not be at the start. We miss our protagonist for the general ranking, he could have aspired to the top 5 of the overall. Our team goals inevitably change, we will certainly have a stage hunter like Martin Marcellusi, but all the boys will fight for the success of the stage. Especially for the three rookies, Pinarello, Pellizzari and Bonillo, but also for Alessio Nieri, it will be an important opportunity for growth.”
The “most experienced” athlete at the start will be the Roman Martin Marcellusi, born in 2000. Winner of the Piva 2022 Trophy, 2nd at the GP Liberation, 6th at the recent Trofeo Città di Mendola. For him it will be his third participation in the U23 Giro d’Italia, the right opportunity to look for the first stage success.
With him in the 2001 class, the Tuscan climber Alessio Nieri, in his second participation in the Giro Giovani, will try to improve his 7th place in the stage taken in Andalo in the last edition.
The line-up is completed by three rookies in the Giro d’Italia Under23, the three in 2003 Alessandro Pinarello, Giulio Pellizzari and Iker Bonillo. The young Italian athlete has already shown excellent skills with good placings. 6th at the Giro del Belvedere, as in a stage of the Carpathian Race, 10th at the GP Industrie del Marmo, he will be able to continue his gradual growth at the Giro d’Italia Under23. With him, albeit with different characteristics, also the Spaniard Iker Bonillo. An explosive Sprinter, multiple victorious in the Juniores category, he is now called to compete with the best in the Under category. For him in 2022 a good 6th place at the Megasaray GP. The young Italian Giulio Pellizzari, 5th in the time trial of the Carpathian Race, completes the training and is called upon to make a first important experience, fundamental for his growth path.
Martin Marcellusi (2000)
Alessio Nieri (2001)
Alessandro Pinarello (2003)
Iker Bonillo (2003)
Giulio Pellizzari (2003)
DS Mirko Rossato