Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - 56th Edition - 3rd stage Monticiano - Gualdo Tadino 219 km - 12/03/2021 - Natnael Tesfazion (ERI - Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) - photo Luca Bettini / BettiniPhoto © 2021
NATNAEL TESFAZION: “BEING IN ANDRONI IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. DREAM OF WINNING A TOUR OR A LAP "
Among the novelties at Androni Giocattoli Sidermec stands an Eritrean cyclist who has made himself known at the beginning of the season, his name is Natnael Tesfazion . The cyclist born in '99, after the victories in the Tour de Rwanda and La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in 2020, received this year from Gianni Savio the opportunity to reach professionalism.
After the first races, "Natalino" - as he is affectionately called by the team - seems to slowly repay the trust granted. He himself comments on the debut: “ I am really happy with my performances in this start of the season . He raced my first competitions in Europe as a professional and the sensations were excellent ”.
“I feel really good on this team. - continues the young Eritrean speaking of Androni - Both the staff and the companions are really kind and do their utmost to create a serene atmosphere ".
Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - Julian Alaphilippe (FRA - Deceuninck - Quick-Step) - Natnael Tesfazion (ERI - Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) - photo Tommaso Pelagalli / BettiniPhoto © 2021
The Eritrean rider's thoughts also go to his homeland, a land that for now does not have a great cycling tradition but that loves this sport. “ In Eritrea cycling is very famous even if unfortunately we don't have enough races to be able to grow and compare ourselves with others. Despite this we have good athletes and I hope that one day the presence of my compatriots in the professional teams will increase ”.
Two models to imitate. “ I have always admired Chris Froome for his way of tackling climbs and Grand Tours, while for his fighting spirit I really like Peter Sagan . In addition, even if they have arrived in professionalism for less time, I was very impressed by Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert ”.
Tirreno Adriatico 2021 - Natnael Tesfazion (ERI - Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec) - photo Luca Bettini / BettiniPhoto © 2021
Natnael says he has already settled down and appreciates our local traditions, even the culinary ones. “ In Italy I feel at home . It is a country suitable for cycling and training. I live near Lucca, the climate is perfect there and I don't miss anything. Italy is also the country of the best food in the world. I like to eat pizza and in the morning I have a little vice, I always take a cappuccino with a nice slice of cake ".
In conclusion, clear ideas on what could be the goal for a memorable career. “ My dream is to win a prestigious stage race like the Giro d'Italia or the Tour de France”.