ANDREA PASQUALON AND HIS UPCOMING TOUR DE FRANCE
My name is Andrea Pasqualon and I’m a professional cyclist on Team Wanty – Groupe Gobert.
Before embarking on a career as a rider, I competed in Alpine Skiing in the Sci Club Enego 2000; I even garnered some significant results. Being born and raised in Enego, it was only natural I should get into skiing and winter sports at a young age.
I came to the world of cycling relatively late in life, at the age of 16, thanks to the passion of my two maternal uncles, Denis and Francesco; they were both ex-cyclists who passed on all their enthusiasm to me.
After my first experiences in the rookie and Junior categories, in 2007 I made it to the amateur leagues with Termopiave Meccanica, where I started to score my first major placements. These results got me noticed by G.S. Zalf Désirée – Fior, the most prominent Italian squad on the amateur scene, which recruited me into its ranks. With Zalf I managed to win 10 races in two years, including the prestigious international competition called “Trofeo Piva – Col San Martino”.
When my adventure among the amateurs came to an end, I moved on to the professional leagues with Colnago – CSF Inox (now Bardiani – CSF) which belonged to the Reverberi family, and I was with that team for 3 seasons. In 2014 I rode with the continental team Area Zero, before moving on to spend two seasons on the Swiss team Roth-Skoda. Here, during the Tour de Suisse I got noticed by the Belgian team Wanty – Groupe Gobert, who recruited me for the next season and then extended my contract until 2019. I love being on this team. After all, Belgium has always been the University of cycling.
The Wanty – Groupe Gobert is a well-organized team and it gives me the chance to participate in the most prestigious races on the World Tour schedule, including the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, the race that means the most to me.
On Saturday we will be on the starting line for the 2018 Tour de France. This is the second time I’ll be participating in this race, after last year. It was extremely gratifying to be able to see the Tour through all the way to the end and ride in the final showcase on the Champs Elysees. As we look forward to the Grand Boucle, the last several weeks have been quite intense. In fact, I spent 20 days training in high altitudes, climbing the most challenging mountain passes spanning the border between Switzerland and Italy. The training schedule called for three intense days in which the goal was to load up the legs with an accumulation of an average daily altitude change of 3500 – 4500 metres, while the fourth day was spent winding down in the gym.
Spending 6-7 hours a day on a bike and covering more than 39,000 km in a year is definitely not easy, and this is why every single detail is essential in order to do your best.
From this aspect, Selle San Marco supplied me with a truly comfortable and performing saddle, the Aspide Team Edition model, which really felt good from the beginning.
Besides cycling, this is really a glorious time in my life. 17 months ago I became a dad to Joylle, a little girl I had with my partner, Tania. They always try to follow me to the races and this year, too, they will be in Paris for the arrival of the Tour de France. The goal for this Grand Boucle is to do well and stand out, to try and convince CT Cassani to call on me for the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August.
In the meanwhile, you guys keep cheering for me and follow me on the roads of the Tour.
Warm greetings to all of you.