Alessandro De Marchi is a man we have seen for a long time in cycling races and someone who is a very familiar face to us. Still, De Marchi was often unlucky, and he often missed getting to the podium. “I feel a bit disoriented, almost out of place,” the Israel Start-Up Nation rider said, as quoted by cyclingnews “I feel a bit out of place.
I was maybe too used to trying, too used to never giving up, but still never picking up the big prize. I think until I’m alone in bed tonight, I’ll still be disoriented like this. I might even cry a bit, but then I’ll be ready for tomorrow”.
He is also aware that with his style he can hardly win, but there is still something that motivates him. “With my style of racing, I know the chances of winning are always low, but the important thing is not to give up,” he said.
“I’ve always been generous in my efforts, but I don’t think it’s been a mistake for me to race like that”. He had a lot of problems during the race at the Giro d'Italia, but in the end he achieved his goal and he is the leader now “I’d have been very disappointed if I’d lost the opportunity because of my own mistake, but I never give in,” said De Marchi.
“The thing that made me believe in my chances today was that it was a battle from the start rather than a soft break. It was the kind of situation that opened an opportunity for me”.
At the press conference, De Marchi wanted to talk about the case of Giulio Regeni who was killed in Egypt in 2016 and the yellow bracelet he wore on his wrist is a sign of support and desire to find out who were the killers.
“I don’t see anything political in this campaign, it’s simply two parents who want the truth. I’d never want to be in their situation,” said De Marchi. “I’ve always expressed myself on issues that are beyond any partisanship.
What I’ve expressed are fundamental things, like civil rights. Some people have criticised me for it, but before being a cyclist, I’m a husband, a father and a citizen”. De Marchi talked about his driving style and described it in an interesting way “My way of doing things is a lot more romantic than modern cycling allows, but I’ve always interpreted cycling in this way.
I was taught that when I turned professional with Gianni Savio,” said De Marchi. “Maybe my style isn’t the most practical. There have been races where I spent the day in the break and got caught, and I was still happier with those than races where I got a placing”.