Meet Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali
If you won’t fight, you will never win. These are the recent stories of Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali and -let’s say it- of all athletes.
Last year I went with Liquigas Doimo team to the Mount Zoncolan stage, where the winning of the Giro 2011 has been decided. The crowd was terrific. Thousands of people shouting and screaming. But when Ivan arrived at the last hill and was struggling to pedal on the last wall, it felt like the mountains just stopped breathing. Everything was in peace, just a single man pedalling first to the finish line.
I like Ivan because he’s a normal guy with a normal family living in a normal small town but winning Giro d’Italia and aiming to win this year’s Tour.
I met Vincenzo in Elite. Vincenzo won last year’s Vuelta a Espana and arrived 3rd at the Giro. This year Vincenzo is aiming to win the Giro d’Italia. When I met him in Elite, it felt like he’s a very focused young man. He wanted to know every little detail of production of trainers, cages and bottles.
Giro is going to start in about 1 month, I wonder if Vincenzo will be the winner. He had a great 2010. For Eurosport Italia, Vincenzo has been voted best cyclist of the year 2010.
We took the picture above in Elite last December. We wanted to re-do an ad page we did on the magazines with Ivan and Vincenzo facing each other. That was fun!