Stop the relationship with the coach who returned to Italy during the Olympics. The two events will be managed by FCI technicians
The credits of the relationship between the national team and Davide Cassani will arrive earlier than expected. That the Romagna player would no longer be the blue coach next year was already peaceful, but in recent days there has been an acceleration in this sense and the Gazzetta can anticipate that neither at the European Championships in Trento (8-12 September) nor at the World Cup in Belgium (19-26 September) there will be Cassani on the team’s flagship. There is a Federal Council in correspondence with the Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole, in Trentino, on the last weekend of August, but it is very likely that the Federal President Cordiano Dagnoni will meet Cassani in the next few days, upon his return. from Japan after the end of the Olympics, to define a de facto decision already taken.
Pending the appointment of a new technical commissioner from 2022 (it does not appear that the choice has already been made), for the blue commitments in September it is possible that an internal solution will be found within Federciclismo, that is with technicians who are already present now in the federal organization chart.
For the Italy of cycling, the Tokyo Olympics ended in the Italian night with the women’s omnium, in which Elisa Balsamo had podium chances on the card. Net of this result, however, these will forever be the Gold Games on the track of the quartet expected for 61 years (last triumph in Rome 1960), with attached world record: extraordinary result signed by Filippo Ganna, Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon and Jonathan Milan headed by coach Marco Villa. The balance of Dagnoni and of the national team manager, Roberto Amadio, both in office since this year, is very satisfying if we also think of the bronzes of Elisa Longo Borghini (road test) and Elia Viviani in the Omnium, without forgetting the two Italian records of the women’s quartet and the podium touched by Ganna in the time trial on the road. Of course, there were also disappointments: like the Mountain bike to be re-founded, the Bmx to be relaunched (only one athlete present), and the men’s in-line test without Italians in the top 10 (Alberto Bettiol 14th).
There is no doubt that the frictions between the federal leadership and Cassani (technician since 2014, chosen by former president Renato Di Rocco) have exploded in Japan. The intention would have been to change after 30 September, but now the fracture no longer seems to be healed. Not after Cassani’s return after the end of the road races and those cryptic words: “My early return because of the protocol? They said so. We talk face to face between decent people before making certain declarations”, the Romagnolo had said. “Words that did not please us”, the admission of Dagnoni. The new federal course does not disavow how much good Cassani has done, not so much for the results themselves (3 Europeans, Trentin’s silver world champion, Ganna’s rainbow time trial jersey, the main ones, but the online World Cup has remained a taboo ), as for some objective merits such as – it is just an example – the rebirth of the Giro d’Italia Under 23. But in the same way the will to mark a strong discontinuity in the method is evident. “Create a team of coaches who work together, without vegetable gardens”, said Dagnoni a few days ago. “The National team that I imagine will be like a World Tour team” (Amadio). By now there was certainly intolerance for Cassani’s interpretation of his role, now accustomed to moving with an autonomy judged to be excessive, while the new course banishes excessive personalism. And so the fact that the credits arrive earlier than expected shouldn’t be too surprising either.
August 8, 2021 (change August 8, 2021 | 10:53)
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