IL NOSTRO BIKE MANAGER
Dalle strade del Giro d’Italia alle maglie Gialle del Tour de France Alberto Elli diventa il nostro bike manager.
Presente in Hotel tutti i giorni e pronto per pedalare con noi per raccontarci tutte le sue esperienze, le sue storie e tanti piccoli segreti di questo mondo su due ruote vissute da professionista. Degli anni con Ullrich, delle sfide alle classiche del nord alle esperienze di direttore sportivo. Ed ora tutto per noi e con noi!
Non perdere l’occasione di pedelare con lui !
Ecco una sua intervista:
Ready to meet Alberto? Here are a few questions to introduce him to you, then when you arrive he will be more than happy to share more stories during your ride together!
1. Where did you grow up in Italy and how did you become interested in cycling?
I was born in Italy in a little town called Giussano, about 25 km north of Milano in what’s known as the Brianza region just south of Lake Como. I grew up as all Italians boys did – playing soccer – but when I was 12 years old I discovered cycling because my father and uncle were managers in a local cycling team.
2. How long were you a professional and what were some of the highlights of your career?
I was pro rider for 16 years from 1987 to 2002. I won 30 races around the world, including a 2nd place in Milano-Sanremo, and 3rd place in Fleche Wallone. During my career I raced the Tour de France 11 times, and the most important moment in my career was in 2000 when I wore the Yellow Jersey. However, my biggest regret is never having won a stage in Tour de France. Twice I won the team time trial, but never a stage race. A few times I was 2nd and 3rd place, but I never won at the Tour.
Another highlight was at Milano-Sanremo in 1997 where I placed 2nd in a close sprint finish. It was an unexpected day because I have always hated this race, I found it too easy and flat (at nearly 300 km), I always preferred the hard-mountains races, but this day the 2nd place was a big surprise!
I raced in the Giro di Lombardia 10 times. It is a race that I’ve always liked; you race practically on the roads that I trained all year, but unfortunately I never managed to get in the top places because I arrived at the end of the season tired after a busy year. Even as an Italian, I never had a good relationship with the Giro d’Italia! I raced it on four occasions and I still got some good placements in the top five as well as winning a team time trial with the Ariostea team, but I preferred the Tour de France and often sacrificed the Italian race to better prepare for the French one.
I rode many races in 16 years as pro but my most special and exciting experience was when I twice rode an eight-stage MTB race in Australia called the Crocodile Trophy. For a week we rode in the outback, slept in a tent….it was the most difficult race I have ever done!
3. What activities do you enjoy doing now?
I am a cycling guide now, I guide cyclo-tourists on rides through Belgium, France, and Holland, and to race the Belgium classics. I spent the last two summers guiding at a resort in Sardinia. I have two sons Andrea, 26, and Simone, 21.
4. What are you excited to bring to ComoLagoBike and the guests who ride with you? Do you have a favorite ride or place to visit in Lake Como?
I am very excited to join ComoLagoBike and to start this new adventure. I have been a guide in another role, but here I know very well what I will do. I like to ride bikes with the guests, to teach them skills and talk about cycling. My favorite place to ride in Lake Como is the Ghisallo and to see the church and museum. Around the lake we can see beautiful places, mountains, a lot of roads to climb….it’s wonderful.
5. What is your favorite snack to eat or drink during a ride?
Regarding food, I don’t like bars or energy drinks. I sometimes have to eat them, but when I can I prefer to get a big sandwich with a glass of Coke. Depending on the moment, such as riding fast and hard then bars are better, but when you stop by the lake in the sun…..what is better than a cold drink with sandwich or pizza?
6. Do you still have the stuffed lion toy from wearing the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France?