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Rast

Italy

Giacomo

Nizzolo

Nationality
Italian
Lives in
Chiasso (Switzerland)
Birthdate
30 Jan 1989
Speciality
Sprinter
Weight
72kg
Height
184cm
Last year his most amazing - and most frustrating - results were his four, second place finishes in the Giro d’Italia.

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.

Palmares
2015
1ST
GP Nobili Rubinetterie
2ND
Stage 3, Étoile de Bessèges
3RD
Stage 3, Paris-Nice
2014
1ST
Stage 3 Tour de San Luis
1ST
Stage 2, Tour de Wallonie
2ND
Stages 4,7,10, 21 Giro d'Italia
2ND
Stage 1 Circuit de la Sarthe - Pays de la Loire
2ND
Vattenfall Cyclassics - Hamburg
3RD
Paris-Bourges
3RD
Stage 4, Eneco Tour
3RD
Stage 2, Tour of Romandie
2013
2ND
GP Ouest France - Plouay
1ST
Stages 2,3, Tour of Luxembourg
2ND
Stage 13, Giro d’Italia
2012
1ST
Overall, Tour de Wallonie
1ST
Stage 3, Tour de Wallonie
1ST
Stage 5, Eneco Tour
1ST
Points Classification, Eneco Tour
1ST
Stage 3, Tour du Poitou-Charentes
2ND
Prologue, Tour de Romandie
3RD
Vattenfall Cyclassics
3RD
Stage 9, Giro d’Italia
2011
1ST
Stage 5, Bayern Rundfahrt
2ND
Stage 4, Volta a Catalunya
2ND
Stage 3, Ster ZLM Toer
2ND
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