Matteo Tosatto Preparing For 16th Pro Season
Team Saxo Bank veteran, Italian Matteo Tosatto has been professional since 1997 and since then, he completed no less than 24 grand tours divided into ten Giro’s, eight times Tour de France and 6 times Vuelta a Espana.
Right now, the 37-year-old Matteo is preparing for another season on the Canary Islands with the rest of Team Saxo Bank:
“The weather on the islands is fantastic and we’re taking advantage of that to do a lot of kilometers here. Preparing for the season is hard work and the surroundings and the teammates make the experience a whole lot nicer. I’m doing a lot of sweating now as most of the cobblestone classics are on my program and I really hope we can pull odd another big result there as we did in 2011 with Nick (Nuyens). I think we took a few big teams by surprise in Dwars door Vlaanders and Ronde van Vlaandern,” the Italian smiles.
Matteo had a very tight program last year and did both classics, Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France and the experienced road captain is always ready to do the tough work that few people notice as they happen before the cameras are rolling:
“Naturally, I’ll do whatever the Team needs me to in order to achieve success and I hope to a great help during the classics and who knows, maybe another Tour de France. My biggest ambition of the season is to get a position in the Tour de France line-up to help Alberto (Contador) get that victory. I think Alberto’s biggest rival in France will be Cadel Evans. The route favors him due to the amount of time trial kilometers but we’ll be giving him a hard time in the mountains,” Matteo says.
During his 15 years in the professional peloton, Team Saxo Bank’s Matteo Tosatto has done almost every race on the calendar and the Italian captain is still highly motivated to perform:
“The plan is that I launch the season in Argentina before taking on Algarve, Paris-Nice, Milano-Sanremo and the cobblestone races in Belgium and France. As I said before I’d love to do another Tour with the Team but Bjarne picks the line-up and I want the best guys in the race as we’re entering the race to win. During the spring classics, our biggest rival will probably be Gilbert (Philippe) and I predict that Nibali (Vincenzo) will take the Giro d’Italia. Not because he’s Italian, but he’s got the qualities to go all the way this year,” concludes Team Saxo Bank’s Matteo Tosatto.