Simone Bevilacqua, Giovanni Lonardi and Mirco Maestri: a trio of Italians for EOLO-KOMETA Cycling Team 2022
Three riders sought, chosen and wanted. Three riders who are already enthusiastic to join the project and who will bring all their experience, freshness, desire and dreams.
Born in 1997, able to defend himself very well in time trial, the cyclist from Thiene arrives in EOLO-KOMETA home after two seasons in Vini Zabù. Professional since 2018, he boasts two Italian junior titles: one on track in 2014 (scratch) and one time trial in 2015. In 2019 he won the seventh stage of the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia.
“There is all the enthusiasm that is normal to feel when you start a new adventure, especially when you come as I do from two years a bit difficult. Here in EOLO-KOMETA I’m sure I’ll find the right environment and the motivation I need. I’m here because the team looked for me and wanted me, and this is a huge satisfaction for me: hearing Ivan Basso calling you and asking you to race for him is not something that happens every day…”.
Born in 1996 and native of Verona, Giovanni arrives from Bardiani CSF. In his palmares a stage at the Tour de Taiwan and one at the Tour of Thailand (2019), a stage at the Tour of Antalya (2020) and a stage at the Tour of Bulgaria (2021). Sprinter, able to hold out on the not-too-hard climbs and then give it everything in the sprint.
“The key word for this new adventure of mine is: relaunch. If I look back I see some ups and downs and too many disappointed expectations for different reasons, now it’s time for a new experience and to make some results: and this team is the best place. In the season just ended I was watching in the group the riders of EOLO-KOMETA and the impression was to see a new team that did not seem new. Since the beginning, for the mentality with which it raced, it has been an example to follow for all the Professional teams”.
Mirco was born in Guastalla (Reggio Emilia) in 1991, and has lived his entire career as a Pro in the Bardiani CSF. Experienced rider, professional since 2016, in his palmares won the victory in the points classification at Tirreno-Adriatico 2019 and the second place in the same classification in the 2017 edition. His other victories a stage and the general classification of the 2018 Tour of Rhodes, a stage at the 2019 Tour of China, the GP Slovenian-Istria and the GP Slovenia in 2021. In 2019 he came close to success in a stage of the Giro d’Italia, mocked after a very long breakaway.
“This is a very important turning point for me: new stimuli, new people even if I find with great pleasure Stefano Zanatta that I know very well. When that morning I received a message from Ivan Basso on my phone asking me if I wanted to race with him, I got goosebumps: as a kid I was a fan of his and I also adored Contador, finding them again is a dream. I want to turn over a new leaf, I don’t deny the past years and I thank all the people I’ve met but now I need new stimuli and to repay the trust I’ve been given. I’m a complete rider, I don’t like to wait for the race but I love to attack, then I pull the sprints for my teammates and if I need to give a hand I don’t pull back. I bring my wealth of experience, I’ve raced four Giro d’Italia and four Milano-Sanremo: and I dream of winning that stage at the Giro that I only came close to”.