ENRICO BONSEMBIANTE’S GIRO D’ITALIA
My name is Enrico Bonsembiante and I was born 38 years ago in Valdobbiadene. Cycling has always been my life and luckily I’ve managed to stay in this world, even after I retired from racing.
As a kid I started riding bikes among the hills of Prosecco where I lived. As I grew up, I raced in all the youth leagues, until I made it to the Amateur class with formations like Spercenigo and Marchiol-Site. At the age of 24 I found myself at a crossroads: leave the cycling world and relegate this activity to a weekend hobby to enjoy with friends, or try to invest in myself to build a distinct career, one that would allow me to continue to pursue this passion, albeit in a different role.
That’s when I started working as a promoter for important brands in the cycling sphere and I began to manage some of the youth leagues from my hometown. Throughout these years I’ve been lucky to meet lots of kids, and I’ve grown quite fond of them.
Some of them have gone on to become professional riders, like Matteo Trentin for example, who I met back when he was on Team Brilla. Back then you could already tell that he had what it takes to make it in this world, and the prestigious victories he has scored wearing the Quick-Step Floors jersey are proof of the fact.
Then, in 2012, I obtained certification from the UCI (Unione Ciclistica Internazionale) authorizing me to drive the cars for the jury that follows the riders in the race. In fact, for the last 6 years I’ve been the pilot for Raffaele Babini, Race Director for all the races organized by RCS Sport, including the Giro d’Italia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Tour, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milano-Sanremo, Milano-Torino, Giro del Piemonte and Il Lombardia.
On Sunday we will find out who will be the winner of this Giro d’Italia. As far as I’m concerned it’s been a fantastic edition, with the historic kick-off from Israel and all the excitement that champions in the calibre of Yates, Dumoulin and Froome could bring. After almost 3 weeks of racing, even we are starting to feel a bit tired. Driving in the middle of the riders is not at all easy and during the hours of the race you must always stay fully concentrated.
However, for us the Giro d’Italia won’t be over on Sunday, but on Monday, in Montebelluna, with the second edition of the Cycling Stars Criterium, where the veteran Champions from the Corsa Rosa and others will challenge each other on a town circuit.
We’re expecting you in Montebelluna, it’s sure to be lots of fun!