Cycling World Cup Flanders 2021, Cassani: “Never hurt like when they sent me away from Tokyo. Now let’s beat van Aert”

Davide Cassani he is experiencing a very special moment in his career as coach of the Italian national cycling team. He is aware that in the future his role will be different, perhaps at a managerial level, and he is obviously closely following the developments of the World Cup in progress in Belgium. Cassani, however, he told the Gazzetta dello Sport the suffering he had to overcome during the Olympics when he was forced to return home: “When I was kicked out of Tokyo it was the worst moment. Nobody apologized and I’ve never been hurt like this. I would have given anything to see Ganna’s quartet win the Olympics, to be there and to hug them. I saw them from home, on television, and I cried with happiness. The last six years have passed me by ”.

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Just the president’s decision Dagnoni to change the technical guide, second Cassani, was the spring that pushed the Azzurri to do well: “The president decided that I would no longer be the coach and that determination that led me to make this national team was triggered. The boys understood this, they perceived my desire to finish winning. They made me feel their closeness. We want to win and we can do it ”. About the World Cup, per Cassani it will be the last world championship in the role of technical guide: “I’ll tell the boys that I want to play it to the end. I have a strong, cohesive and determined team. We want to win. We don’t care what Belgium or their leader van Aert will do. I thank the Federation for what it made me live. I have no revenge in mind ”. In closing, his only regret is called Davide Formolo: “For various reasons I have never called Davide Formolo, and he really deserved the blue jersey”.

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