2014 was a good season for Giacomo Nizzolo, the team’s top sprinter, despite breaking his collarbone in a freak training crash in February. He snagged two victories and finished a total of 12 times on the podium. Of these the most amazing - and most frustrating - were his four, second place finishes in the Giro d’Italia.
Giacomo Nizzolo grew up with motocross and became a very accomplished athlete in this sport. His parents, concerned that the motorbike was his sole focus at such an early age, gifted him with a local bicycle club membership for his sixth birthday. Little did they realize that this would change his life forever. He continued to race motocross, and would draw upon these skills often while blossoming into a promising young sprinter in cycling. Even today he shows exceptional aptitude on the harrowing descents and loves the adrenaline rush of bumping elbows at 60kph at a race’s finish.
In 2008, while racing in the U23 category a catastrophic crash-landed him in the hospital for 20 days followed by four months off the bike. His ability to bounce back from such a terrifying moment during his development speaks loudly to his character. In 2011, he joined Leopard Trek and won his first race as a professional, stage five of the Bayern-Rundfahrt.
Giacomo, 26, was born in Milan but resides in Switzerland, a “stone's throw” over the border from his family in Northern Italy. His ability to get over climbs, in addition to his sprinting prowess, makes Giacomo more than a one-dimensional sprinter. Last year he was so close to the big breakthrough win and was knocking on victory’s door over and over again - it seems improbable for 2015 that door stay closed.