Milan-San Remo winner Filippo Pozzato due to kickstart new career in roller hockey

The Italian called time on his 19-years in the peloton last month, but is about to start a new adventure

Filippo Pozzato (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Milan-San Remo winner Filippo Pozzato only announced his retirement last month, but the Italian is already jumping head first into a new line of work.

Pozzato, whose career in the pro peloton spanned 19 years, is making the unusual switch from bike racer to his old love, roller hockey.

The 37-year-old left the world of bike racing behind at the end of last year, having racked up wins in Grand Tours, Classics and holding a single but memorable monument victory.

But on Sunday (January 20), Pozzato will start for Hockey Bassano, a second division roller hockey team based in northern Italy, reports Belgian sport news site Sporza. 

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Pozzato’s love of roller hockey is long-documented after he left the sport behind as a teenager to pursue life as a professional cyclist.

After turned pro in 2000 with the Mapei-Quickstep team, Pozzato later went on to ride for Liquigas, Katusha and Lampre-Merida before joining Professional Continental outfit Willer Triestina in 2016, where he saw out the remainder of his career.

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His palmarès features wins at some of the biggest races, including two stages of the Tour de France, general classification victory at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2003, and Milan-San Remo in 2006.

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In an emotional retirement statement, Pozzato said he didn’t feel he had made the most of his talent and reflected on a difficult 2018 due to the death of his father.

He said: “My childhood dream has been realised and now it’s over already, maybe in a way that I would not have wanted.

“The curtain falls without making as much noise as I would have liked.

“I look back and see 19 years of my career flying away.

“However, I managed to achieve some of my dreams, like the San Remo in 2006.”

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