The Lombardy junior champion in 2020 changed category with the Contador Foundation U23 team this past season. Sebastiano Minoia, Seba to his many friends in the cycling world, comes from the G. C. Feralpi Group ASD. “For me it’s a great opportunity. I hope to do really well, I’m very excited and I want to give everything from the beginning. It was a great joy to receive Ivan’s proposal”, he commented shortly after his arrival was announced. Minoia (13/05/2003) was introduced to cycling by a friend of his father. One day, in a park, he tried out his club and was hooked from the start. GS Sprint Ghedi or VC Sarnico were two of the structures in which he developed his training. As a first year junior he competed with Team LVF, but the impact of the pandemic put the brakes on the competition and the structure lost its sponsorship. The year of confinement was very hard for everyone, including him. That is why the mythical Passo de Croce Domini (1892 m) has become a special place for him. “It was the first climb we did with a group of friends after the COVID-19. That’s why I liked it even more”, he recalls. Seba is the son of Alberto Minoia, a former AC Milan football player, among other clubs in a sporting career that spanned two decades. Amerigo, Alessandro and little Victoria are his siblings. Music relaxes him and he enjoys rap and trap music. The 2022 season was the first season in which he focused exclusively on cycling. As for the future, he has thought about going back to school, with an interest in starting an engineering degree. “Of course I would like to go back to school, but first I want to try to focus more on cycling. I think it’s interesting to get to know myself better and to evolve”. About his profile as a rider, Minoia says: “I feel like a complete cyclist. I like hard, selective courses, but I have a good top speed. I have always liked the track and I have been able to compete in the elimination race many times. I am attracted to the velodromes. The races I like the most are the big classics. I like Paris-Roubaix very much. And many races on the Belgian calendar. Of course Milan-Sanremo is also special. Such a long race, with hardness in the last kilometres, the speed… When we were younger, our team had a training camp in the area and we could watch it from the side of the road. I was amazed by the atmosphere”.