By Karen Lambrecht
Saturday the 18th of January, the Fassa Bortolo team was presented in Treviso,
Italy. The presentation was overshadowed by the death of one of the athletes,
Denis Zanette (32 years), who died from a heart attack last week. Paolo Fassa
(owner of Fassa Bortolo) talked about him with a lot of emotion, thinking about
the athlete and the person of Denis Zanette.
Fabrizzio Frizzi of the RAI led the presentation. The new jersey was showed.
The bikes were presented (Pinarello Dogma, Prince SL, Marvel and Montello).
Giancarlo Ferretti, Fabrizio Frizzi, Paolo Fassa
the presentation of the bikes and the shirt, Team Manager Giancarlo Ferretti
talked about the results in 2002 and the objectives of the team in 2003.
After this introduction, the athletes came in: Basso, Frigo, Petacchi and
Tosatto on their bike, followed by the other riders. Fabrizio Frizzi had the
support of Davide Cassani to describe the characteristics of each rider and the
objectives for the new season.
Michele Bartoli, who is at home at the moment after his fall in Spain, talked
on the phone to the public. His words: "I am at home. I pass my days with
reading or lying down. Monday, I have a new appointment with the orthopaedist
and I hope to understand better when I can start training again."
Then the sport directors and the public relations come on stage. They
presented the new internet
website for the team. After that, the journalists have the opportunity to
ask something to the riders and staff.
Ivan Basso, Dario Frigo, Alessandro Petacchi
Some words from the riders and the team manager:
"I hope to do great things this year: do it well in the final ranking of the
Tour de France, but also win one of the Classics."
"I hope to win a classic race. Milaan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Tours
are something for me. Milan-San Remo is my favourite one. Now I have won in the
Vuelta, I want to win also in the Giro."
"I want to ride a Giro d'Italia at 100%, but I will be there also in the
beginning of the season."
"The Giro d'Italia is important for our team. Frigo and Gonzalez (if he is in
the team, it isn't decided yet) are 2 points for the final ranking. With
Petacchi for the sprint, we hope to do it well."
Team Manager: Giancarlo Ferretti
Sport Directors: Roberto Damiani - Alberto Volpi
Assistenti: Oscar Pirazzini - Stefano Zanatta
Michele Bartoli (Ita)
Ivan Basso (Ita)
Marzio Bruseghin (Ita)
Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
Francesco Chicchi (Ita)
Dario Davi Cioni (Ita)
Juan Josť De Los Angeles (Spa)
Mauro Facci (Ita)
Dario Frigo (Ita)
Volodymyr Gustov (Ucr)
Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
Kim Kirchen (Lux)
Nicola Loda (Ita)
Sven Montgomery (Swi)
Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
Roberto Petito (Ita)
Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
Gorazd Stangelj (Slo)
Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
Guido Trenti (Usa)
Tadej Valjavec (Slo)
Marco Velo (Ita)
Marco Zanotti (Ita)
Not yet registered: Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez
Information and photos courtesy of http://www.fassabortolo.it