Domenico Pozzovivo appreciation thread

Domenico is one of my favorite riders, it would make me a very happy man if he won the giro, and climbing like he has been which is like an angel as libertine usually says, he can certainly be in the mix for the win
 
Love Domenico. Probably the purest climber in the péloton.



He was the best on Fedaia in '08, and Pampeago in Trentino 2010 was amazing. Dropping Pardilla, Sella, Vino, Basso, Niemiec and finally Riccò without ever really attacking, just killing them with his pace. And the Giro dell'Apennino, when he blew everybody up on the Passo della Bocchetta, only to lose the two-up sprint to a guy who'd been in the break.
 
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Random guy who just won a race appreciation thread. Just kidding, calm down. :D

I don't know much about this rider, does he have a university degree as the OP suggests? If so kudos for that.

As for Libertine's angelical comments there can only be one true Angel of the Mountains and that will always be Charly Gaul :D
 
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jens_attacks said:
it had to be done.
can finally our piccolo dottore deliver to the fullest in a grand tour?
he seems stronger than ever,today no one could go with him let's face it.
Great rider!
But lets face it no one really tried going with him.
 
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Been a big fan since the Seven Dwarves days of CSF 2008. Fedaia 08 sticks my mind too as well being brilliant in Trentino for several years. I thought he has absolutely nailed on to lose time (and probably get sick) in this first week. Really hope he survives this week and doesn't get caught in splits or crashes before Cervinia. For him to be right up there on GC now we're getting towards his terrain is very exciting.
 
Christian said:
Random guy who just won a race appreciation thread. Just kidding, calm down. :D

I don't know much about this rider, does he have a university degree as the OP suggests? If so kudos for that.

As for Libertine's angelical comments there can only be one true Angel of the Mountains and that will always be Charly Gaul :D
Gaul was superb, but I have always had more of an affinity for Fuente, van Impe, Bahamontes, Herrera through the eras, especially Tarangu.

However, it is correct that the term "Angel of the Mountains" should forever be reserved for Charly. Good job I've only been saying Pozzovivo climbs like an angel, not that he is one ;)
 
Libertine Seguros said:
Love Domenico. Probably the purest climber in the péloton.



He was the best on Fedaia in '08, and Pampeago in Trentino 2010 was amazing. Dropping Pardilla, Sella, Vino, Basso, Niemiec and finally Riccò without ever really attacking, just killing them with his pace. And the Giro dell'Apennino, when he blew everybody up on the Passo della Bocchetta, only to lose the two-up sprint to a guy who'd been in the break.

GREAT WIN!!!
and great photo!!
:D
 
Christian said:
Random guy who just won a race appreciation thread. Just kidding, calm down. :D

I don't know much about this rider, does he have a university degree as the OP suggests? If so kudos for that.

As for Libertine's angelical comments there can only be one true Angel of the Mountains and that will always be Charly Gaul :D
He isn't random in Italy, whether or not he has it in him to endeur the third week is, however, questionable. Grand tour winners also have to have stamina. This is where he still hasn't demonstrated his overall worth.

Yes his degree in economics is factual. He also plays piano and is a bit of a dilettante in meteorology. Goes well with his profession. Overall, a well rounded guy. Great move today for sure.
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
Love Domenico. Probably the purest climber in the péloton.



He was the best on Fedaia in '08, and Pampeago in Trentino 2010 was amazing. Dropping Pardilla, Sella, Vino, Basso, Niemiec and finally Riccò without ever really attacking, just killing them with his pace. And the Giro dell'Apennino, when he blew everybody up on the Passo della Bocchetta, only to lose the two-up sprint to a guy who'd been in the break.
Ya I've been waiting for him to deliver at the giro for a long time now. Every year I hope and get disappointed, hoping he can sustain this effort.
 
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Great attack, especially since there was a ~4k flat after the top of the climb. I wasn't sure if he could hold off chasers, but he did so remarkably.

I think, if I heard it well, the italian commentators on the official stream called his climbing style, despite being a horrible sight, nevertheless very efficient. I think they mentioned it when he sprinted away from the main group a couple of meters in the attack, standing on his pedals, very forward leaning, hunched over his bars, on a bike that still seemed a little too big for him.

I am curious to see how he fares in week 3.
 
Bala Verde said:
Great attack, especially since there was a ~4k flat after the top of the climb. I wasn't sure if he could hold off chasers, but he did so remarkably.

I think, if I heard it well, the italian commentators on the official stream called his climbing style, despite being a horrible sight, nevertheless very efficient. I think they mentioned it when he sprinted away from the main group a couple of meters in the attack, standing on his pedals, very forward leaning, hunched over his bars, on a bike that still seemed a little too big for him.

I am curious to see how he fares in week 3.
I've never witnessed such a blistering attack, seem so lathargic. :D

Evidently style doesn't count for all appearances.
 
The last time he made it to week 3 intact he was great in it, but then again, he had the benefit of a free ride most of the way with Sella up the road. If he's still in form, look out for him on Pampeago. He was one of the best there in 2008, but he attacked too early and was picked up a bit later by several of the GC contenders; in 2009 he was one of the best in Trentino (Niemiec eventually won the stage, dropping Basso at the last), but of course in 2010 he destroyed the field there. He likes the place and it suits him.

I actually quite like his climbing style - as long as it's on the steep stuff.
 
Libertine Seguros said:
The last time he made it to week 3 intact he was great in it, but then again, he had the benefit of a free ride most of the way with Sella up the road. If he's still in form, look out for him on Pampeago. He was one of the best there in 2008, but he attacked too early and was picked up a bit later by several of the GC contenders; in 2009 he was one of the best in Trentino (Niemiec eventually won the stage, dropping Basso at the last), but of course in 2010 he destroyed the field there. He likes the place and it suits him.

I actually quite like his climbing style - as long as it's on the steep stuff.
I'm of Savoldelli's opinion: he doesn't have the engine to last.

I hope I'm prooven wrong, but Trentino is a 5 day race and he's never been a leader in a grand tour. He could possibly pull a Rujano though and podium.
 
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rhubroma said:
I've never witnessed such a blistering attack, seem so lathargic. :D

Evidently style doesn't count for all appearances.
Libertine Seguros said:
The last time he made it to week 3 intact he was great in it, but then again, he had the benefit of a free ride most of the way with Sella up the road. If he's still in form, look out for him on Pampeago. He was one of the best there in 2008, but he attacked too early and was picked up a bit later by several of the GC contenders; in 2009 he was one of the best in Trentino (Niemiec eventually won the stage, dropping Basso at the last), but of course in 2010 he destroyed the field there. He likes the place and it suits him.

I actually quite like his climbing style - as long as it's on the steep stuff.
Here he is today, attack @ ~2:20

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnkYneQCTkY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I think I'd characterize his style as a little 'weird' when he is out of the saddle. It just looks like there is something off, but I can't really pinpoint it.

Nonetheless, he can fly up a mountain and has courage; he dares take a risk and attacks. Very exciting.
 
Bala Verde said:
I think I'd characterize his style as a little 'weird' when he is out of the saddle. It just looks like there is something off, but I can't really pinpoint it.
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Quoting yourself from an earlier post:
"standing on his pedals, very forward leaning, hunched over his bars, on a bike that still seemed a little too big for him."

This is it. He leans forward a lot compared to other riders.
Johan van der Velde said today that Pozzovivo's climbing style reminded him of "Belda" if I recall correctly. Anyone knows which Belda and if so are their images of the guy?
 
I was most impressed with the way he was grinding that massive gear on the flats to hold off the chase, since there is not question about his impressible skills in the uphill gradients. Very classy rider & a well deserved stage win.
3rd week will be a wet dream for him if he gets there in good form :D
 
Bala Verde said:
I think I'd characterize his style as a little 'weird' when he is out of the saddle. It just looks like there is something off, but I can't really pinpoint it.
for such lightweight body (53 Kilos) his climbing style makes sense, since he's literally resting all his entire weight down & forward onto the pedals to gain more leverage & power while climbing. I do happen to do that during very sharp hairpins & that technique helps a lot to overcome then :)
 
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Kwibus said:
Quoting yourself from an earlier post:
"standing on his pedals, very forward leaning, hunched over his bars, on a bike that still seemed a little too big for him."

This is it. He leans forward a lot compared to other riders.
Johan van der Velde said today that Pozzovivo's climbing style reminded him of "Belda" if I recall correctly. Anyone knows which Belda and if so are their images of the guy?
Perhaps that's it. When you look at Belda (here on Youtube, if that's the correct Belda) it seems it has a lot to do with them being so short.

When Pozzo climbs standing, it sometimes looks as if his feet are pulling his bike forward, because they are incidentally fixed to his pedals; meaning, they obviously do, but it's as if he falls forward, while with every pedal stroke he is reminded of the fact that some annoying thing under and behind him is holding him back, and he chooses to drag it a long.

Anyway... so much for over-analyzing. :eek:
 
Bala Verde said:
Perhaps that's it. When you look at Belda (here on Youtube, if that's the correct Belda) it seems it has a lot to do with them being so short.

When Pozzo climbs standing, it sometimes looks as if his feet are pulling his bike forward, because they are incidentally fixed to his pedals; meaning, they obviously do, but it's as if he falls forward, while with every pedal stroke he is reminded of the fact that some annoying thing under and behind him is holding him back, and he chooses to drag it a long.

Anyway... so much for over-analyzing. :eek:
Simple, his legs are too short and a bit crooked. :)
 
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