Young Formolo uncorks a diversion to wine trade

Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:45pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

MALLORCA, Spain (Reuters) - Davide Formolo could have gone into the wine trade in the Valpolicella region before the Italian opted instead to pursue a professional cycling career that now appears full of promise one year in.

"My grandfather had a lot of vine plants and I could have gone to work with him every day but I preferred to ride," said the 22-year-old who was seventh in last year's demanding Tour of Switzerland.

"Sorry grandfather...," he laughs in an interview with Reuters during a training camp with his Cannondale-Garmin team.

It all started when Formolo would go to see his brother, a bike rider, race on Sundays.

"When we were back home I would imagine racing against him in my head on the little plaza in my home town (of Negrar)," said Formolo.

He was quickly spotted in the youth ranks just like Fabio Aru, the 24-year-old Astana rider who finished third in the Giro d'Italia last season and fifth in the Tour of Spain.

"We've known each other for five years, we were team mates in the Italian team, he (Aru) is a good guy, very friendly," said Formolo who last year finished second to Vincenzo Nibali in the national championships.

"Where he (Formolo) ends up none of us know but he is a huge talent not just physically but also psychologically, he is strong mentally," Formolo's Cannondale-Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters told Reuters.   Continued...