Pre-Giro Chat with Saunier Duval's Matteo Algeri
On May 4th the Daily Peloton readers met to chat with Matteo Algeri D.S. of
Saunier Duval and Marco Pinotti, Aaron Olson, and ... Giberto Simoni dropped by
to say hello... the transcript Part 1 of the 2 hour discussion of the Giro and
the teams goals. With Photos from Bart Hazen
Matteo Algeri Saunier Duval/Podir D.S.
Photo c. Bart Hazen www.cyclingfx.nl
13:56:40 Matteo: Logs in
cavallo: Hello Matteo:
Matteo: hello everybody!!
Matteo: hello from Belgium!
AlonsoT: Hey Matteo:
Jakob Logs in
Andy: hey jakob
Matteo: Aaron Olson has just entered the room..he is here
Matteo: Hey Alonso!
Jakob: Hi Andy
AlonsoT: where are you from cavallo?
cavallo: its Vaughn, Alonso
cavallo: Hi Aaron...
AlonsoT: Vaughn!! didn't recognize that call sign.
AlonsoT: thanks for setting this up!
alex_holden: yea a big thanks to Vaughn
Matteo: Hey everybody!! from Aaron
cavallo: well thanks to Matteo:
Bart Logs in
alex_holden: yea thanks Matteo:
Matteo: you're welcome
Matteo: Marco Pinotti has joined us too...
AlonsoT: where are you Matteo:?
Matteo: I'm in Charleroi, Belgium
Matteo: ready for the 1st stage of the Giro
Andy: poi dov'é Marco?
Matteo: strange eh...Giro d'Italia in Belgium
Marco Pinotti photo c. Bart Hazen
Matteo: Marco (Pinotti) is here
Andy: ah capisco
zarathustra Logs in
Bart: why strange :D
cavallo: I hope the TT isn't over any cobbles
Mr_Tonno_Torino Logs in
alex_holden: Matteo:- do you guys have any interest in a guy
like Tyler Hamilton?
Matteo: I think no cobbles...just the last few metres..
shag Logs in
Matteo: Why not...
Matteo: if you can ride for free!!!
Andy: how's the training been going Aaron?
alex_holden: with him and millar and pinotti that would be a
doug Logs in
cyclenut Logs in
Jakob: Branislau Samoilau, not Tyler.
AlonsoT: Matteo: how much have you guys been practicing TTT?
alex_holden: just curious.....
Matteo: Aaron: better and better. Good progress this season,
and after Georgia, a much better level
Matteo: Several times in the last 2 months...
Matteo: 4/5 times
Andy: it must be a great motivator for both of you riding with Gibo...
Matteo: we got a good test during an italian race called "Coppi
cavallo: And Gibo's Time trial, improved?
Matteo: Andy, yes, Gibo is the reason why riding here..
kk Logs in
shag: Aaron: for your first grand tour, this Giro is quite a doozy! What are your thoughts heading in?
Matteo: Cavallo, I hope so...
Gordon_McCauley Logs in
alex_holden: is it true that one of the stages finishes on a
ski slope? bruyneel says there is no road there.....
cavallo: Hey Gordy
Matteo: Gibo got good tests from tunnel experience San Diego
AlonsoT: Matteo:, how do you guys think you'll do in the TTT
compared to Disco and CSC?
Gordon_McCauley: Hey guys
Andy: hey gordy
Matteo: Our goal is to finish within 1 minute from CSC and
Matteo: Pinotti says 1 minute ahead!!!
AlonsoT: good luck to you guys!
alex_holden: that's the right way to think
Gordon_McCauley: I think that is realistic
Matteo: Yeah realistic...but sometimes is nice to dream!!!
Bart: ciao Matteo: & marco
cyclenut: there are no time adjustments
in the TTT for the Giro, right (like the weird adjustments made in the Tour)
Dave_Shields Logs in
Matteo: Bart? r u the Bart I know?
Marco Pinotti's Plasma TT bike. Photo c. Bart Hazen
Andy: Lampre have been training for TTT too... they may be as
strong as Disco and CSC. Didn't Napolitano crash in the TTT at Coppi and Bartali?
cyclenut: hey dave,
it's me cathy mehl, AlonsoT: Hi Cathy! Dave_Shields: Hey Cathy. What a day at Brasstown, huh? cyclenut: hi alonso--from nevada?? AlonsoT: yep
Bart: yeah Matteo
kk: Hey Pinotti. What are your personal ambitions for the giro?
Matteo: yes, he crashed...
Matteo: Pinotti: good TT and help as much I can Gibo!
cyclenut: Matteo, i am a huge fan of aaron olson. how do you
think he's adjusted to life with a spanish team? He was great in California and
Gordon_McCauley: I think Disco will need to gain time in the
TTT, With all due respect to the Disco boys at the giro...Simoni will be very
very good...I've ridden trentino with him and it really is something to see
AlonsoT: Matteo:, is SD going ito the Giro with full team
support and sacrifice for Gibo, or will the other guys have a chance to go for
Dion Logs in - House Logs in
Matteo: Aaron has a great future in a Pro tour team because he
has many qualities
alex_holden: Matteo:- are you guys missing Chris Horner??? he's
been on great form lately with the win in Romandie
mapeifan Logs in - Leclerc Logs in
Matteo: He is good working for the team, but also he can get
into the break-aways easily..
cyclenut: Yes, Aaron likes to be off the front!
doug: so does marco :)
Matteo: Chris is a great rider, every team would want such a
Matteo: and he is a real good guy too..
cyclenut: Horner is a good representative for US Riders--and he
likes to see other US Riders go to Pro Tour teams
alex_holden: yes,,, It was nice to see him win @ romandie with
a strong ride
Peter Mazur Photo c. Bart Hazen www.cyclinfx.nl
Andy: Who do you guys think will do well in the future for Saunier Duval? Mazur is still young, for example...
Matteo: Mazur, Riccò and Marchante
Matteo: this is the future ..
AlonsoT: Riccardo Ricco looks good
Dave_Shields: Matteo:, what races do you think Aaron has the
best shot at winning?
alex_holden: Matteo:- do you think we will see a rematch between Gibo and Damiano?
shag: Will Simoni try to relax the first half of the Giro and
not worry about a minute here or there - thinking huge gains will be there for
the taking in the third week?
cyclenut: the rematch needs to have a different ending this
Matteo: Aaron can be really competitive in the hilly stages
Matteo: I think so Alex
alex_holden: I can't wait to see that! cyclenut: I'm with you alex!! Gordon_McCauley: I was team-mates with aaron 3 years
ago.....he's an awesome team player and fun to have around.
cyclenut: plus Aaron has a cute girlfriend that rides for T-Mob!
Matteo: aaron says yes, and thank you
cyclenut: Is Aaron there with you? If so, tell him Cathy says
Matteo: but don't forget about Savoldelli, Basso
Matteo: well, actually the third week is the hardest and most
AlonsoT: Matteo:, have you guys checked out Stage 17?
Andy: or any of the other climbs?
Matteo: Gibo always did his best during the last part of the
Matteo: yes, this morning we saw the final 2km.
Mr_Tonno_Torino: What do you think Rujanos
Matteo: I think Rujano has more difficulties because he is no
more a surprise..everyone knows him
Leclerc: yeah but he did drop everyone on the Finestre stage last
year, so he's probably a threat?
Andy: Rujano was the surprise last year, so who do you think
will be the surprise this year
Matteo: Danielson will be the surprise
alex_holden: Matteo:- our team rides Scott CR1's.... what are
your thoughts of the bikes... and marco too... do you like them as much as I do
Matteo: Absolutely yes!! SCOTT CR1 is the best bike I ever seen
Gibo's special Giro Scott CR-1 Photo c. Bart Hazen
Matteo: hey guys, you have to watch at the Gibo Giro special
AlonsoT: what bikes are you using for the TT's?
Gordon_McCauley: they are on Scott plasma's
alex_holden: will Gibos bike meet the UCI weight
limit this time (editors note: Gilberto had a late start in the Tour of
California when his bike was under official weight.)
Matteo: yes...perhaps we will leave the bottle full of water on
House: I don't suppose your team has any size 54 TT bikes
laying around that you would like to give to a decent triathlete? :
Matteo: Logs out
denaro Logs in
Matteo: Logs in
Matteo: sorry ...
Matteo: I'm here again
House: Matteo: did I offend?
cavallo: Matteo: no prob happens
AlonsoT: it was House's fault,
cyclenut: Matteo:, you really think danielson is ready for the
Matteo: not...eheh I had just a little problem with notebook
Leclerc: Danielson has Lance-stars in his eyes still
Matteo: of course Danielson is ready...at the Georgia was so
cyclenut: but he still seems unsure of himself, still
waiting to be told what to do
House: just kidding Matteo:, I made a joke about getting a TT
bike from your team and then you got bumped!
alex_holden: what about il falco?
Matteo: by the way House, we really have TT bikes from last
year to sell...alloy frame, not carbon..
House: Matteo: how do I find out about those?
Matteo: write me in private:
alex_holden: savodelli is looking good on his TT form.... he
could take the prologue... like romandie
Cyclingfan Logs in
KingWeening: Matteo:, what do you think Saunier can do in the
TTT compared to CSC/Discovery ?
SevenAlaris Logs in
Matteo: already answer this question; our goal is to loose no
more then 1 minute
KingWeening: ok thanks, just got here didnt read it yet
Matteo: no problem King
SevenAlaris: Hi sorry but I got here late and probably missed
most of the questions
Leclerc: Matteo:, do you think Cunego will be his 2004 self
again this season?
AlonsoT: Matteo:, any extra precautions with the guys so they
don't get sick like Basso last year and Paolo a couple of weeks ago?
cyclenut: How do you think Gibo has responded to being on your
team, a team that clearly wanted and believes in him?
alex_holden: Mountain stages too long
Bruneel thinks, I think it is stage 17?
Pre-Giro d'Italia Chat with Saunier Duval/Prodir's
On May 4th the Daily Peloton and a few readers met to chat with Matteo Algeri
D.S. of Saunier Duval and Marco Pinotti, Aaron Olson, and ... Giberto Simoni
dropped by to say hello... the transcript Part 1