My career as a professional cyclist spanned 10 years, from 1991 to 2000. Before becoming a professional I raced as an amateur which included racing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1988 Seoul Olympics. After I retired from cycling I started a successful business. In the last few years I decided that cycling was my life's passion and I began to offer cycling tours in order to share my passion and experience, and to create memories for a lifetime for my guests.
I was born, raised, and live full-time in Verona, Italy. As an Italian whose life has revolved around cycling I can offer you unique cycling experiences in Italy. I also offer tours in France which I am very familiar with having trained and raced there in 9 Tour de France. I can also develop a custom tour to meet your needs.
As an amateur my palmares include a Gold Medal in the Men's Team Road Race at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Gold Medal in the 100 km Team Time Trial at the Road World Championship (Villach, Austria), and Italian National Champion in Pursuit.
I am best remembered for my 1994 Tour de France stage 15 win of Mont Ventoux after a 106 mile solo escape. At 6 feet 4 inches and 187 pounds I was not a prospect to win one of the most difficult and famous climbs in the Tour de France. However, on that day in 1994 I escaped from the peloton very early on
Under conditions of searing heat I arrived at the base of Mount Ventoux with a 22 minute lead. Steadily, the chase pack of climbers began taking back time on me. Arriving at the final 300 meters of the climb where the grade is 11% my lead had dwindled to 4 minutes. I survived Mont Ventoux and then hammered the descent to arrive in Carpentrans to the best win of my career, ahead of Pantani and Virenque by 3 minutes and 39 seconds . After that exploit I was given the nickname "Monsieur Mont Ventoux". The video on the home page is the French TV broadcast of that day.During my professional career I raced for the Del Tongo-MG, MG-Bianchi, Mercatone Uno-Saeco, Saeco, GAN and Credit Agricole teams. I was a founding member of Mario Cipollini sprint train and was also the lead out man for Frederic Moncassin. In total, I rode in 6 Tour de France, 4 Giro d'Italia, 2 Vuelta a España,9 Milano-San Remo, 9 Paris-Roubaix, 9 Tour of Flanders, 9 Ghent-Welweghen, 8 Paris-Nice and 1 Tirreno-Adriatico.
If you have any questions about my scheduled tours, or wish to discuss a custom tour, please contact me.