Mauro Finetto and Enrico Peruffo of the
Verdellese Dielle-Telmec team figured
prominently in the recent Italian Nationals - Mauro won 2 silver medals, one on
the time trial and one on the road - quite a feat considering the different
disciplines. Enrico placed 4th on the time trial at only few seconds from the
3rd spot. He missed a turn during the race and lost at least 10 seconds there,
but then went on to console himself by winning the Italian Nationals Junior Road
Enrico Peruffo wins the road race. [click for larger image]
Hello Enrico and Mauro, congratulations on your victories at the
Championships. Three medals - two silver and one gold - is a great
accomplishment for you, your coaches and your team Verdellese Dielle-Telmec.
First, let me ask how did you get started in your cycling careers and at what
age did you start to race?
Mauro Finetto: I started to race at 13, but my passion for cycling
started when I was a little kid, when with my small bike I rode around the
Enrico Peruffo: I started when I was 8 to race for a team named S.C.
Rostese. None of my family was racing, so I pushed and convinced them to buy me
a bike and bring me every Sunday to race. That was the start of my career.
[Enrico's family are now all cyclists! His mom and dad are competing in
amateur racing. His dad is a great climber. His younger brother (13 years old)
is winning every other Sunday in his category. He is a real promise in this
sport. And his younger sister (11 years old) is racing every Sunday with the
same age boys...and is winning too!]
What professional riders today do you admire today, and is there rider
from the past that is a favorite? If you could choose one that you would be
like, who would it be?
Mauro: I do not have a preferred "idol." I am fan of all the
professionals. I prefer riders of the North Classic Races and of course,
Armstrong for the Tour.
Enrico: My favourite is Johan Museeuw and to be similar to him, even
just a little bit, would be a great satisfaction.
What are your favorite type of courses and races?
Mauro: I like the time trials. For the road races I prefer hard races
with up and down where, having more strength, you can make the difference.
Enrico: My preferred races are the mixed ones with climbs too, but not
too long. Here I can use my strength. Longer climbs give me problems due to my
weight (76 kg for 188 cm). I am quite good on the endurance too - I have been
since I was in the lower categories.
You both did well in the TT, Mauro, you with Silver and Enrico, you had a
bit of difficulty with the course, missed a turn I understand, and still did
well, finishing fourth. Do you both like the challenge of racing against the
Mauro: As I said, it is my favourite race even if at the Italian
Championship the course was not suitable for my characteristics. It was too flat
with a long part in "pavè." I weigh only 62kg and my wheel was jumping all the
time. With a harder race, I could have had more chances to win.
Enrico: Yes, I like TT and I am doing reasonably well in it.
The Road Race was exciting - it was great teamwork and great riding for SC
Verdellese Dielle-Telmec. Did you plan this before the race or did you both see
an opportunity and take it? Enrico, you started your attack at 1300 meters -
hmm, this reminds me of Cipollini to start such a long sprint, did you plan this
or just go for it?
Mauro, you at the same time guarded the gruppo from coming too fast to
overtake your teammate - marvelous work and you outsprinted all the others for
your second silver medal. What was this like - those last moments of the
race and at the moment of victory for your teammate and team?
Mauro: We just took the opportunity. I did not expect that Enrico was
sprinting at that time, but then I thought my job was to protect him from the
opponents. When I saw him sprinting, I thought that he could make it and that I
could have a great chance to win the sprint for the second place. When we
crossed the line I realized that we did something special that day, but I also
thought that I would also like to have won that jersey.
Enrico: We did not plan that. But the feeling with Mauro was very good
and all that is necessary is just a click of eyes to understand each other.
Since the start I was thinking to sprint in the last Km and I was just waiting
for the chance for that.
Every young or old rider has people who support them to achieve their
goals. Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge for helping you?
Mauro: A person that I have to thank because he helped me to become a
rider at high level is Armando Zambaldo who is following me in all my trainings.
And also my Tech.director Lucio Cavalleri. They both helped me to get these
results. [Armando Zambaldo is his trainer. Armando is not a cyclist, but he
placed 4th in the road 20km march at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976.]
Enrico: Yes, for sure I have to thank my parents for supporting me for
all these years.
What music are you and your teammates listening to as you train or in your
leisure? And what other sports and activities do you enjoy doing when not
concentrating on your cycling, such as your favorite subjects in school?
Mauro: I do not practice any other sport besides cycling, but in
winter time for training I do alpine skiing, gym and jogging. I listen all kind
of music, but my preferred is an Italian singer
Ligabue. Unfortunately, I do not have any
favourite subject in school, as school is not my favourite at all.
Enrico: I love volleyball and basketball. I do not have a
favourite music. My favourite subjects in school are biology and micro-biology.
Now your preparation starts for the Worlds Championships. I hope to see
you there and in the best form to win. How does it feel to know you will go to
race against the world's best young riders?
Mauro: I hope to be in the National team for both TT and RR. Racing
against the strongest athletes in the world is creating some pressure, but I
just did an international race with the Italian National Team in Austria and I
did quite well before retiring for a fall. I was there competing with the best
and doing great. I hope it will be the same in Canada.
Enrico: It will be an honour to be in the National team and at the
same time I have to confess that I am scared of it.
A dedicated-looking silver medalist, Mauro Finetto
Enrico - Vittoria!
For more on the Italian Nationals:
Fabios report on the Italian National Time Trials
Report on the Italian National Jr. Road Race:
Fabio's report on the boys (courtesy of Gaetano Dall’Ora with photos):
Many thanks to Gaetano Dall'Ora for helping to interview these two
promising lads, for the photos and for the translations.