This 24 year old from Lampre-Merida, is a talented young rider that likes a sprint after a hard day of work. Despite his age, he has taken part in the Vuelta and Tour de France. He was very close on stage 2 of the Tour, this year, when he was 4th and just missed out on claiming the white jersey. He starts 2014 with a return to the Tour in mind but will also look to make an impact in the Classics.
Here is my interview with Davide:-
What did you think of your season?
I think I did a good season, with important places. The only regret is that I could not win.
You raced the Tour de France. What did you think of the race?
To race the Tour de France was the most beautiful experience in my life. A race that gives you the strongest emotions, to finish 4th in the second stage was amazing.
You finished 4th on stage 2 of the Tour. What do you remember of the day?
That day I remember the disappointment of not being able to take the white jersey, for best young rider, by a few centimeters.
At only 24 years old, you have now completed the Vuelta Espana and the Tour de France. How hard is it to ride a grand tour?
To do a great ride at 23 years old is not easy. This year, at the tour, the main goal was to get to Paris. There were difficult moments, but in the end all went well, thanks to the millions of fans that make you forget the fatigue.
Milan-SanRemo has changed route. You recently did the end of the course, what do you think of the changes?
I think that this year, Milan-San Remo will not be a race for sprinters, the change of route make it a race that is extremely selective.
Can you make it to the end?
For a rider with my characteristics, I can do well only if at 100%.
You ended the season will, 5th in Brussels and and 4th in GP de Fourmies. Do you prefer harder races?
I am a fast long-distance rider, I prefer the selective tendering, where we play the win with a small group of runners or races in which the pure sprinters get tired.
You and Ferrari ride together a lot. How do you decide who sprints?
Ferrari is a sprinter, therefore, in the flat stages I am at his disposal. I try to make the stages that are more selective.
You start in Australia for the 4th consecutive year. What is the Tour Down Under like?
The Tour Down Under I really like, in fact, every year I decide to start the season there because it is a race with a lot of mileage. Also, it’s warm and it’s a pro tour race.
What are your hopes for the race?
This year, due to physical problems, I am not 100%. I go there to train well for the Classics.
What is your race program for 2014?
My calendar for 2014: TDU, Dubai, Tirreno, Milan San Remo and the classics of Belgium ( Ghent, Harelbeke , De Panne , Flanders, Roubaix ) then the tour de france.
What are your goals for 2014?
The goal for this year is to bring home a victory.