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Salvatore Commesso 2002. Salvatore Commesso 2003
By Fabio
Date: 12/11/2002
Salvatore Commesso 2002. Salvatore Commesso 2003

Courtesy of Saeco

Recently interviewed by "Gazzetta dello Sport" newspaper, reigning Italian National Road Champion Salvatore Commesso (27) displayed quite a self-critical attitude, the way Dario Pieri and Ivan Basso (see links to their interviews down in the page) had done before.

But the Lombardia-based Neapolitan, winner of the Italian National Road Title both in 1999 and 2002, found something wrong rather in his lack of regularity and a somehow excessive self-appeasement "In the past, when I won something, I used to sit down and enjoy it a bit too much, without going for further targets. That was a mistake I have to correct. I can't let myself go that way any longer. I should be more regular instead, and try to be competitive for a longer period over the season, even if I didn't win many races".

But "This search for victory shouldn't turn into obsession. You know, another of my past mistakes was an excessive hurry to get good results. An attitude that in the end proved detrimental to me. I should keep calmer instead, I'm working on that. And both my marriage and the bad experiences I had on the road this past season, despite of my wins at the National Championhsips, Trofeo Matteotti and Criterium d'Abruzzo, were of help in this sense, turning me into a more responsible and mature person".

The man's strategies sound clear: don't be in a hurry to win, but when you do, don't stop, and go for more. But which names are these targets going under ? First of all, it's a matter of getting some (more) satisfactions in that contest usually held in France during the month of July.

A double TdF-stage winner (in 1999 he soloed to victory in Albi, the following year outsprinted Vinokourov in Germany in front of a record attendance) "Totó" regrets his team's exclusion from the past edition of La Grande Boucle: "It started only one week after I clinched victory at the National Road Championships. And I really was in top form at the time, such that I knew I could do well if invited. A true pity, as I do like Le Tour, even more than the Giro". But nonetheless the Italian thinks next year he'll be able to make up for the lost time.

Good rides at the next Tour de France are not the only objectives of the upcoming season for the Saeco guy anyway. Commesso is also eyeing the Classics of the North, "Ronde van Vlaanderen" in particular. So far he hasn't ben able to grab a win in any of them, but as the man himself confessed "In the 1999 Tour of Flanders, won by Tchmil, I bonked as I didn't eat properly, and ran out of steam, but neverthleess managed to take 18th in the final sprint, and that's when I realized the course is appropiate for my skills. So I'd like to be a protagonist of this race in the future too".

Paris-Roubaix is not amongst his principal objectives instead: "The route is not good for me. So I shall help Dario Pieri, I'm glad that he's back to Saeco, he's a friend, not a danger to me. There's no rivalry between us. Even if he did better than me, I'd be happy for him".

Deutschland Tour 2002.
Photo by Emilia Reutin


Born in Torre del Greco (Naples, Italy) on March 28, 1975, currently lives in San Paolo d'Argon near Bergamo. Turned a professional rider in 1999.

2002: SAECO - LONGONI SPORT (4 wins)
Italian National Road Championships
Trofeo Matteotti
Criterium d'Abruzzo
Circuito di Calcinate

2001: SAECO (2 wins)
Stage 3 - Volta ao Portugal em Bicicleta (Loule)
Stage 9 - Volta ao Portugal em Bicicleta (Agueda)

2000: SAECO-VALLI & VALLI (1 win)
Stage 18 Tour de France (Freiburg im Breisgau)

1999: SAECO (2 wins)
Stage 13 Tour de France (Albi)
Italian National Road Championships

1998: SAECO-CANNONDALE (1 win)
Stage 2 Giro del Capo (Durbanville, South Africa)

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