PINOTTI NAMES HIS CYCLING DREAM TEAM

Now a senior member of the BMC Racing staff, Marco Pinotti was asked to name his cycling dream team. The rider has a decorated career and is now doing well in the coaching business and is revered in the game.

Pinotti was asked by Cycling News to name seven to eight riders that he has worked with in the past, either by riding alongside them or managing them. This means he could not mention names like Mark Cavendish from their HTC-Highroad time or Lance Armstrong or Geraint Thomas as he was not on the same team as the top riders.

The coach won two stages of the Girod’Italia and wore the famed maglia rose in 2007 and 2011. His career, which spanned a decade and half, saw him feature as a domestique through the years and being the national champion for six times.

Pinotti did not steer the path of controversial rider Riccardo Ricco, or Cadel Evans, PavelTonkov and even Adam Hansen. He went with Manuel Quinziato from the BMC who has 3 pro wins and 16 years as a pro. Pinottiprefereed the 38-year old rider with 39 monument starts.

Pinotti also listed Canadian Michael Barry who has won one time as a pro after 14 years. He named Michael Rogers, Rubens Bertogliati and KanstantsinSiutsou.  Siutsou have won nine times as a professional in a career that span almost two decades. New Zealand rider Rogers has 17 Pro wins in 17 years. Pinotti also listed RaivisBelohvosciks and Frantisek Rabon in his cycling dream team.