Domenico Pozzovivo appreciation thread

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Damn. Was hoping to see him in top shape and fight for a top 5 this Vuelta... :(
Yeah, he had a legit chance to finish in the top 5. Poor guy, i wish him a fast recovery
 
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POZZOVIVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last weekend (http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/ambitious_pozzovivo_wants_to_return_in_il_lombardia/),
As the recovery was progressing much faster than expected, what wasn’t the first of such cases which occurred in professional cycling lately, an insane thought planted in Pozzovivo’s mind to return to competition at Il Lombardia, held this year on October 5.

Thus, Pozzovivo sent the French squad an email informing that he might be ready to race by that time and so he would like to be considered as a part of their roster for season’s last monument.

I could be ready for Il Lombardia and to end my season by racing in China [Tour of Beijing],” the 32-year old Italian reportedly wrote.
PCS has Pozzovivo listed for Milano-Torino and Lombardia. (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Milano_Torino_2014) (http://www.procyclingstats.com/team.php?id=1060)

So far this season:
Tour de San Luis - 10th
Tour of Oman - 6th
Roma Maxima - 5th
Tirreno - Adriatico - 6th
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - 8th
Giro del Trentino - 2nd
Liège - Bastogne - Liège - 5th
Giro d'Italia - 5th
Tour de Suisse - DNF
Italian National Championships RR - 7th

He's started 10 races, completed 9 and he was top 10 in every race he finished. As long as he isn't going to risk further injury complications by racing I hope he enters M-T/GdL/ToB (and goes top 10 at least).
 
Quoting Pozzovivo from today's La Gazzetta dello Sport:

"I have never given up in my life, but that time (after he was hit by a car in his native Basilicata/Lucania) a minimum of credence I lent the doctors (for saying he'd never race again), as I really felt my life was in danger."

"My elbow was smashed to pieces and even a few shards were missing"

"I have to thank Doctor Christian Candrian, the trauma specialist at Lugano. For he faught hard to save my elbow the way I fight when I race. It took 6 surgeries, but now I'm here."

"Yep that's right, at a certian point we found ourselves together on the last climb, Nibali and I, the old guys, like we often do when out training. It's just that we were on Blockhaus. Five years ago it was us again (on Blockhaus), but I dropped first."

"It could be my last year, but I leave the door open. If maybe this year bad luck leaves me alone, I could have the strength to continue."

"I've never counted the fractures, for it's a bit of a macabre bookeeping. We are though at around 20."

"At Tirreno on the Carpegna I had really given strong signs climbing, so I just needed to do it again at the Giro."

"I would not want this to be my highest placed Giro (at almost 40), as someone might say I didn't try hard enough in the (16) others."

"On Blockhaus the pain was terrible. My level of pain tolerance his high though, the merit of my Lucanian genes, and over the years it has gotten higher. When you are used to suffering, cycling is all downhill."

"February was the worst (when he didn't have a contract) when everybody went to training camps."

"Cycling follows the normal rythms of life, yet today everything has become so exasperated. It's a use-and-discard world and this brings greater danger to the peloton. Once upon a time you only risked your skin at the end of a race, now its a constant vortex. Wait to declare Italian cycling dead. Everything is in such rapid evolution these days that perhaps there is already someone out there who will win next year."

And you got to like a guy who has raced 18 years as a pro, broken some 20 bones along the way, was almost killed by a car whilst training AND found time to learn to play the piano and almost complete two university degrees.

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Pozzo is going strong now at the first mtf of the Giro d'Italia but eventually fades in last weeks mountain stages.

Should have gone for the mountains jersey + stage wins instead.

Story of his career and everything that's wrong with the world tour summarized.
 
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Pozzo is going strong now at the first mtf of the Giro d'Italia but eventually fades in last weeks mountain stages.

Should have gone for the mountains jersey + stage wins instead.

Story of his career and everything that's wrong with the world tour summarized.
Yeah, he has said multiple times that he wants to ride for the gc and not go stagehunting.
He already has lots of top 10 results at the Giro, but only 1 stagewin an that was 10 years ago.
Speaking of 2012, that was probably the only time he really could have gotten a podium/fought for the win if he didn't peak too early, but he has always had a tendency of picking up a cold when the weather is bad. In 2018 Finestre was the big problem for him, his climbing style is all wrong for unpaved climbs, very little traction on his rear wheel while he's leaning forward and almost dragging the pedals.
 
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Yeah, he has said multiple times that he wants to ride for the gc and not go stagehunting.
He already has lots of top 10 results at the Giro, but only 1 stagewin an that was 10 years ago.
Speaking of 2012, that was probably the only time he really could have gotten a podium/fought for the win if he didn't peak too early, but he has always had a tendency of picking up a cold when the weather is bad. In 2018 Finestre was the big problem for him, his climbing style is all wrong for unpaved climbs, very little traction on his rear wheel while he's leaning forward and almost dragging the pedals.
To be fair he couldn't have known that everyone miscalculates his preparation in 2012 and additionally Rujano caught mononucleosis as well. But 2012 indeed was his chance to win the Giro d'Italia!
 
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