A new face at Team Saxo-Tinkoff in 2013 is the Italian rider, Daniele Bennati. The 32-year-old power machine is a versatile rider and he can not simply be categorized as a traditional sprinter. Having a long list of qualities, he is a strong card to play when the spring classics are in sight for the Danish team.
How did you get started in cycling?
“I was born in Arezzo where I still live with my family. My father was a rider and my grandfather was also very passionate about the sport and my own love for cycling can be tracked directly back to him. I was ten years old when I did my first race and I won. The family plays a huge role for my life and this is where I spend my time when I have some time off.”
Which victory is the most memorable for you?
“So far, I have 50 victories as a professional and it’s really hard to point out a single unique win as every win is special to me for different reasons. But the final stage of the Tour de France 2007 on Champs Elysées where I opened a long sprint and won the stage has been burned particularly deep into my memory. ”
What goals do you have for 2013?
“My goal is to do well in the spring classics but I also wish to be able to get a place in the Tour de France line-up to help Alberto to the overall victory. In addition, I want to get better and stronger than previous years and I’m confident that Bjarne can help me reaching my goals. When he contacted me to talk about the future, I instantly knew what to say to him. Now, I’m just looking forward to getting started with the season, “said Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Daniele Bennati who’s launching the season February 3rd in Tour of Qatar.