Making waves in the local racing scene in Veneto, we caught up with young Italian rider Nicole D'Agostin who is now mixing it up with her heroes in the pro peloton. Not only did she ride the Nationals last year, but in 2018 she's gearing up to ride the Giro d'Italia Femminile. Forza!
Palu: You recently tested some bikes for Palu in Padova, which one was your favourite?
Nicole: The Bianchi Oltre Xr2 is my favourite road bike I’ve tested, but the S-Works mountain bike was also epic!
Palu: How long have you been road cycling and how did you get into it?
Nicole: I started at 13 years old thank to my Dad’s big passion.
Palu: What is your best cycling memory?
Nicole: Very hard to choose… probably the victories achieved around my home area, where I won two races in a row; a race on Saturday and the following day on Sunday. Then of course the 2017 Women's Road World Championship in Bergen!
Palu: What do you love about cycling competitively?
Nicole: To win! I never like to lose.
Palu: What bike are you currently riding?
Nicole: This season I’m using a fantastic Bianchi Dama Xr3 with Campagnolo setup and Campagnolo Bora rims.
Palu: Do you have any advice for other women looking to get into cycling?
Nicole: They should give it a go. It’s a sport that teaches you a lot for your everyday personal life, because you can't give up even when nothing goes the way you are expecting. It makes you realise what your dedication and sacrifice is.
Palu: Who is your cycling hero?
Nicole: Marianne Vos has been my hero since when I was little, I still can't believe that I’m racing alongside her now!
Palu: Do you have any goals for 2018?
Nicole: It’s my first year in the pro peloton so I’m aiming to get as much experience as I can and maybe to get some little reward paid off. I’m doing my first Giro d’Italia and I’d love to honour it as best as I can.
Palu: If you could pick one place to ride, where would you go?
Nicole: Apart from my hometown countryside lanes (of course!) I’d love to ride in Spain, I’ve always heard good things about it.
Palu: Thank you Nicole and good luck for your 2018 season!
Nicole: Thank you so much crepi il lupo.