Liquigas' Patrick Calcagni
One of the lime green boys discusses life as a faithful Lieutenant.
by Alicia Hopkins
Prologue Paris-Nice 2005
4th -Stage 3 Castilla y Leon
2004 (Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetterie)
Points Competition in the Tour du Limousin
2nd - General Classification Tour du Limousin
2nd - Stage 8, Tour du Suisse
2nd -Stage 2, Tour du Limousin
5th - Stage 18, Vuelta a España
7th - GP Ouest France - Plouay
10th - Giro del Piemonte
2001 (Tacconi Sport - Vini Caldirola)
1st - Stage 3, Tour of Japan
2000 (Vini Caldirola ) First year as
Swiss Time Trial Championship
Who was the most influential in encouraging you to become a
think it's the passion. I've been in the saddle for many years but I
realize that my desire to race is still the same. I think that, besides
a job, this is also my true passion.
As an amateur, what race did you want to win when you became a
I was an U23 I wasn't eyeing one in particular, but since I’ve turned
professional, and had the chance to race it, the contest I'd like to win
is Fleche Wallonne.
Prologue Giro d'Italia 2006
You won the Swiss Time Trial Championship in 2000, was time
trialing a discipline that you wanted to specialize in? Would you
consider trying to go for the title again?
When I won the ITT in the year 2000 it came as a big surprise to me, but
I don't think I am going to try and do it again, also because here in
Switzerland there's a certain Mister Cancellara ... who stands well
above the rest of us.
Your father is a race organizer, is this something you would like
to do upon retirement, or do you see yourself becoming a Director
set up a management agency already. I'd like to be an agent in the
future, not just of bike racers, but sportsmen in general ...
Simoni and others during the off-season, participate in mountain
bike and cyclocross events, is this something you would consider?
Currently not, albeit I'd like to do some mountain bike racing ...
perhaps (I'll do) in the future ...
You have to sacrifice your own aspirations for the leaders of
your team, what personal reward do you receive from your hard work?
aware of my spot in the team's hierarchy, everyone at Liquigas
appreciates my work ... and when one of our team leaders wins ... well,
it's like a personal victory for riders like me!!
Milan SanRemo 2007
During Stage 3 at Castilla y Leon you came in 4th, was
that a good test of strength for you?
the final part of the stage suited my skills, and for one I had the team
at my disposal; it was fun, but I have to admit that I was feeling I was
a bit under pressure ... that's the reason why I prefer working for the
Stage 3 Castilla y Leon Photo
© Official Race Website
You have told me that a stage victory in the Tour de Romandie and
the Tour de Suisse are goals of yours this season, do you think these
races will aide you in gaining a slot on the Suisse World’s team?
win a stage in races like these would be like a dream come true,
especially as they run on my home roads ... we shall see ... Hope is the
last thing to die (you know).
How do you fulfill your obligations to the Swiss military? Are you
(laughs). I still have 28 days (of military duties) to perform. Every
year, after the Tour of Lombardy, I perform my three weeks of
training, thankfully not far from home, and thankfully my commanders
are also fans of mine ...