The flop of men’s cycling at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in both the road race and the time trial is likely to have consequences on the technical direction. In fact, coach Davide Cassani returns to Italy today. The reason that led to abandoning the Olympics remains to be defined: it could be a resignation or anticipate what could be a real exemption.
The top management of the Italian Cycling Federation changed last winter. Italian road cycling in Tokyo won bronze in the women’s road race with Elisa Longo Borghini. The last medal of Italian cycling for men dates back to Athens 2004, Paolo Bettini’s gold in the road test. No blue has ever managed to get on the Olympic podium in the time trial on the road, a race entered by Atlanta ’96.
Davide Cassani: “Why am I leaving Tokyo early? I say this in Italy”
“I’m taking the plane now. Why I’m leaving Tokyo earlier? I prefer to talk about it tonight when I get back.” He says it toHandle the Italian cycling coach, Davide Cassani, before embarking from Tokyo to return to Italy.
The same agency reached Cordiano Dagnoni, president of federal cycling, on the phone, who said: “I spoke to him about Cassani’s future in recent days: he wanted to know immediately what it will be, I explained to him that a federal council is scheduled to at the end of August and the evaluations and choices will be made on that occasion “.
“Confirmations to Cassani – adds Dagnoni to Ansa – now I can’t give them to him, in any case he has a contract until September 30 which also ‘covers’ the world championships. It was done by the previous federal management, also rightly, to give continuity. But it is also evident that a newly elected President has the right to make up his team. Bugno? He is more than a friend, he is a brother. Names but now I am not in a position to make them. but I want to clarify: Cassani has returned to Italy because the rules at the Games in time of pandemic say that, once his task is finished, and the road tests are over, a technician must return home: if it was up to us, we would also have kept him here. “