“In Varese 2008 I was the fastest, but … at the World Cup I would have aimed for Trentin” – OA Sport

Seventeen years of professionalism, from 2002 to 2018, with Giro d’Italia, three Giri di Lombardia, Amstel Gold Race and 2008 World Silver in Varese. Nicknamed “The Little Prince” for his elegance, Damiano Cunego, a cyclist (former Hoquista) from Verona born in 1981, has managed to gain immense satisfaction over the course of his career, winning 50 inter-pro races. Once the competitive activity ended, Cunego always remained within the cycling world, making all his experience available and thus becoming a personal trainer and health coach. This year Damiano decided to start a new adventure by joining the wonderful Autozai Petrucci Contri family to support Team Manager Emiliano Donadello and the team’s technical staff: “It took a while to get to this point, and I’m still studying. I’ve always had an excellent friendship with this team – even if I’ve never raced for them – and suggested myself as the athletic trainer at first, I’m an extra piece and will be combined with the other employees. I am very happy to start this new experience, it will definitely be a great adventure“.

If we look at the Azzurri’s seasonal results, no one has really achieved significant victories. So what do you expect from the World Cup?

“We haven’t had great victories, I don’t know what to expect. I will rely on the experience of Mathieu Trentin. Hopefully in some cases it will be useful for us.”

Do you expect Petitol to keep the wheels of Van Art and Van der Poel when they decide to attack?

“If Petitol had had some good results I would have said yes, but on paper we are still a team with a lot of doubts.”

What is the tactical scenario that could allow Italy to win the World Cup?

“Expect the big names and therefore avoid meeting them in the final. You have to try to be present and have a little luck.”

Who are your favorite gold?

“Remco Evenepoel in my opinion could be good, then the usual names like Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel.”

Do you think Evenball will suffer from the difficulties of the Vuelta?

“In my opinion no, he is young and strong.”

Do you think Ganna could repeat herself in the time trial or that Evenepoel has something more?

“They can play for it, Evinpoel is sure to have a great match. I don’t see Italy as a favorite in this World Cup, but there are tournaments, it could happen to everyone. This time we were a little scared but we did some good things both on the road and on the road. Track, it can’t be Sunday every day. It’s simply a tougher time than usual.”

Back in Varese 2008, do you sometimes think you were the quickest of that group up front? If Blanc who won three seconds in front of you doesn’t attack…

“I don’t think about it much, but the fans still remind me of him today. Without a doubt I was the fastest, Blanc really played his cards. If I had won I would have been happier, but that’s okay, I’m absolutely happy. I won so much more…” .

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