Words: Miriam Terruzzi
Images: Kathrin Schafbauer
«Cycling can give you everything»
began riding a bike when I was 4 years old out of sheer emulation: my older brother was already a cyclist and I wanted to become like him. At first, it wasn’t a serious business. I took part in my first race when I was 6, and then - as is always the case - I ended up falling in love with this sport.
Cycling has a romantic side to it as well as a cruel one, and yet we love it inexplicably, perhaps because - despite its hardness - it enabled us to grow willing to overcome ourselves, go beyond our own limits, show the world good things, better things, always. It is joy and pain at the same time. Cycling can give you everything.
In my life cycling represents freedom.
The pandemic has made this year very difficult and, after the lockdown, as soon as I had the possibility to go back out riding for a couple of hours to train outdoors, my bond with the bike became even stronger: pedaling was not only a way to feel free but also to let my mind wander, get new ideas, get away from daily life and all the difficult situations the world was confronted with then.
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My fondest memory is when I learned I had been selected to participate in my first Tour de France.
It was 2013, I was 24 and I went through extremely intense hours that I could share with my family.
They were happy and very proud of me - your family knows, better than anyone else, all the efforts you have made to reach your goal, especially in cycling, which is such a hard and tough sport, where sometimes the results do not match the effort at all.
The Tour de France is my favorite race because it is the largest cycling race in the world.
Whatever happens and whatever you live at the Tour is multiplied by ten in terms of emotions and adrenaline.
The atmosphere you experience - at the start, in the mountains, in the sprints - is unique and exciting.
The possibility to race with the best pros in the world is energizing and you do your best, you put yourself out every time. It is a challenge, every day.
I dream to win a stage at the Tour de France, to raise my arms as I am crossing the finish line wearing the jersey of my current team.
They are wonderful people who have trusted me and I want to repay them with a win. I know it is difficult and, with the level of competition nowadays, it is more complicated, but to race you must have some ambition.
Dreaming is as necessary as aching legs or some luck.
Before being competition, cycling is friendship.
That is why it isn’t hard for me to do everything to help my leader, to go beyond my limit for him and his achieving the victory.
It is glorifying, knowing that part of that success is because of you and the team work. Often in life you are told that you become someone only when you are a winner, but helping others is still the most noble of all the roles.