Fausto Masnada is not a Diego Rosa thread

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That's unexpected.
I thought he'd be sidelined for longer.
He started training again around April 30th. It was about 40 days with no training, a very difficult period after Catalunya

On 14th May he went to Livigno for a 3 weeks altitude training camp. Today is his last day training there and he has 1 week at home before Suisse.

He has been training with Bagioli, Mattia Cattaneo and Matteo Badilatti from FDJ.

He does not know is race program after June, but he will likely be in NC after Suisse. There is a very small chance he will be at the TDF, but is very unlikely.
 
These last 2 days Fausto had really good training to build the condition. It was 3 months with no racing and the pace has been high in these hilly stages at Switzerland.

He was working hard, staying at the front to help position Remco and Van Vilder.

I don't think we can expect too much in the mountains, he is here to work for the team and Fausto is usually not the best when returning to racing, he needs some races to return to top condition.

But I am impressed with his fitness and his passion, he is always at the front of the peloton. And he fights for his friend

He has the worst luck in the peloton, if he can avoid this a big win is guaranteed in the late summer or autumn.
 
Our great Fausto was surprised by his level yesterday. So soon after Mononucleosis he wasn't expecting to fight for a stage win. Shows the power of passion and dedication . Soon the hard work will be rewarded. He was the strongest yesterday.

'After a very difficult period the last 2 months fighting with the mononucleosis, I would never have imagined that I could fight for a stage win here at the Tour de Suisse'

'Unfortunately the victory was out of my reach, I was not able to drop all the riders of the breakaway and also probably I made some tactical mistakes. Let's look ahead tomorrow for another hard stage'

I think the fact that Fausto was the strongest in such a move so soon in his comeback only emphasises his strength. We thought his season might be over.

Grande Fausto


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Our great Fausto was surprised by his level yesterday. So soon after Mononucleosis he wasn't expecting to fight for a stage win. Shows the power of passion and dedication . Soon the hard work will be rewarded. He was the strongest yesterday.

'After a very difficult period the last 2 months fighting with the mononucleosis, I would never have imagined that I could fight for a stage win here at the Tour de Suisse'

'Unfortunately the victory was out of my reach, I was not able to drop all the riders of the breakaway and also probably I made some tactical mistakes. Let's look ahead tomorrow for another hard stage'

I think the fact that Fausto was the strongest in such a move so soon in his comeback only emphasises his strength. We thought his season might be over.

Grande Fausto


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I appreciate that he was also very open talking about his tactical mistakes
 
It was a joke, but Fausto's career is basically a copycat of Lanfranchi until now, apart from the 3rd in Romandie. Both were 2nd in Lombardia and Italy RR Championship, a stage win in Giro, a GC win in an exotic race and several placings around Top10 in GT.
Yeah, it's definitely too early to say Masnada has had a better career than Lanfranchi, but I believe he'll also be able to win the Tour de Langkawi one day.
 
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Article here about Fausto's season and the mononucleosis. It is all in Italian, but with some understanding of the language and some time watching the sport, should not be too difficult to understand a lot:

https://bici.pro/news/professionisti/quei-55-giorni-stop-non-scalfito-grinta-masnada/

Some key points:

-He already noticed signs of fatigue and struggling to recover at the UAE tour. He still went to Teide after that and to Catalunya but felt strange the whole time. After abandoning Catalunya he thought he had a bronchitis, but tests from the doctors revealed mononucleosis.

-In total, he had 55 days off the bike. Sometimes he tried to walk, but after 40 minutes couldn't continue due to fatigue.

-His first 1.5 hour training ride at the end of April felt like a victory

-He is currently training at Livigno with most of the Quickstep team. He will return to racing in San Sebastian, where he will probably work for Alaphilippe and Evenpoel, depending on how the legs are (he actually says he will 'respect the hierarchies'). Then he will lead the team at Vuelta a Burgos.

-The plan is to go the la Vuelta after that, but he is not absolutely sure yet whether he is selected (for me he would be 1st name at the teamsheet)

-He believes he has grown a lot as a rider since joining the world tour, but lacks the continuity and the opportunities to show exactly how capable he is. He he has wished to do 2 grand tours on the same year, to build the endurance, and says that only having 15 race day in July is a problem.

-Very grateful to the team for the faith they have and giving him time to look after himself.


Grande Fausto. To be one of the strongest in Suisse so soon after all this shows the grinta, the hard work, the character and the ability
 
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