What is your morning ritual?
The first thing I do in the morning as soon as I wake up, no matter what day it is and no matter what time, is turn on the machine and make coffee. I once tried to move the machine into the bedroom for convenience, but my fiancée didn’t take that well and has banned me from doing so.
I always like to wake up very early in the morning, and very often I get up, grab a coffee, and go back to bed to read the news before getting up properly. During this quarantine period, my routine doesn’t change – good habits should never be replaced!
How do you like your coffee?
Espresso coffee, without question. Depending on the time of day, I choose ristretto (short) or lungo (long). The first coffee of the day is ristretto, as well as the one after meals. During the day, perhaps when I stop during training, I prefer a longer espresso. At home, I always have a well-stocked pantry with Segafredo Intermezzo, my favorite blend.
How many coffees do you have before a race?
In total, two or three at most. After the wake-up coffee, I have another one after breakfast, often on the team bus on the way to the start. The third, if it happens, is just before going to the podium to sign-on.
What is for you a ‘coffee ride’?
The coffee ride is on the rest day when you enjoy the bike without thinking too much about watts, specific training, and everything related to performance. I go out for the pleasure of cycling and to enjoy the moment. Since I live in Genova, my stop is in Santa Margherita Ligure after about 40 km. I ride the climb that leads to the town very slowly (it’s a rest day!), take a break for coffee, and then ride back home.