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Lo Squalo

Mad Bike Skills

Lo Squalo (The Shark for those of you not so well versed in Italiano) called his season to a close this week at the Tour of Almaty. He has had an amazing year and we wanted to focus on the most rounded and most successful cyclist over the last two years.
Born in Messina in Sicily in November 1984 he is the oldest of two brothers, childhood stories of him being towed up Mount Etna on his bike by his mother's car would not suggest the great things to come! He turned pro in 2005 with Fassa Bortolo but it was not until 2010 (with Liquidgas) when he really burst onto the scene finishing 3rd behind Ivan Basso in the Giro and then going on to win the Vuelta. In 2013 he rephasised his talent by winning the Giro in some unbelievably tough conditions and showing the cycling world that he had an inner toughness and real grit (Wiggins retired ill due to the bad conditions). And this year he capped it all by winning the Tour, some might say he was lucky with both Alberto Contador and Chris Froome pulling out due to injury. However, in our opinion some of this was caused by the pressure that “the shark” put them both under. He took the yellow jersey on Stage 2 by winning the stage in style. He then used the combination of the horrendous weather and cobblestones to show what a great bike handler he is by completely crushing Contador (Froome retired after crashing) taking 2 minutes on all the GC contenders on stage 5. This win means he is part of a select group of cyclists who have completed the grand slam of cycling. I’m pretty sure that if we saw him at the lights in London he would be one of those guys who can stand motionless on the spot and then pull a wheelie as the lights turn green… rispetto Vincenzo, buona vacanza! More stories