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Riders, now let's meet Fradusco Antonio, the famous Sports Director from Lazio who has made of cycling his own reason for living.
His most recent success is surely Valerio Conti: the two have created a unique alliance that has given birth to an exciting season.
Let's get some details:
1) How did your passion for cycling start?
In the late 50's I was living in Rome, circa 500 meters from the office of the Benotto Preneste Team that later became Faema Cycling Team and finally - I was about 13 years old- when I met, almost at the beginning of their careers, athletes who become champions as Vittorio Adorni, Bruno Mealli, Dominoni, Leandro Faggin, the Olympic champion Giorgio Ursi, Leandro Fallarin, the Olimpic Champion Giorgio Ursi, Pippo Fallarin, Livio Trape', Conti Noe, Marco Manzari (died in a car crash shortly after signing a contract for the transition to professionalism) Michele Maggini, Edoardo Gregori (coach of the Italian national team for several years) Vittorio Marcelli (former world amateur champion) Lauro Grazioli, Lello Mariani and from our region, Lazio (no less great for obvious reasons) the Brothers Carloni, Adriano Massi, Eraldo Bocci, Carlo Brunetti, Luigi Sgarbozza, Luigi Risi, Alfredo Maggioli, Alfredo Marocchi, Petrosemolo, Iacomini and Adriano Marsura. All of them have thought me something both at technical and human level. Not to mention what I have learned from the executives in cycling from that time: Dominico Maurizi, the Necci brothers, Franco Meally and the unforgettable CT of the Italian Team Elio Rimedio and the "magician of the track" Guido Costa.
2) Who did you race with and what results?
My first team was the Libertas Libertas Prenestino then become Libertas Lazio with Domenico Maurizi DS Savino and Italo Sancinelli Carlone; the S.S. Lazio Roman Pontisso D.S. Capacci Gaston and Louis Federici; as "dilettante (cat 1-U23) with the Team Ferrarelle and Luigi Necci in collaboration with Roman Scotti and the DS John Proietti (former coach of the Italian national team and DS for the Ignis Team), who in 1965 founded a cycling school to which later on the most famous cycling teams and athlets of that time, enrolled to. The Team Chiorda with Dr. Trapletti and D.S. Enrico Uccellini and general manager Franco Mealli; the Cavallino Rosso with DS Ettore Milano (Fausto Coppi's renown domestique); la Baltur di Albano Laziale with DS Bruno Monti (the only cyclist in Lazio who has worn the pink jersey) and finally the wonderful Commercio Petroli with the brothers Luigi and ClementTedeschini. The results that I have obtained are about 70 victories on the road, cyclocross, track and time trial with an Italian title as stayer, a first place in the international tour of Abruzzo stage, a 2nd place at the Tour of the Valle D'Aosta, 4 Regional championship titles and a participation at a world championship .
3) When did you stop the activity and why?
I quit the business in 1971 despite a proposal to go professional with the Zonca Santini (where I found Hector Milan as DS), or the possibility of remaining in the cycling world as the Master of Sports. The reasons are many. The first was definitely the health, let me explain better: to my misfortune I underwent several operations and one of them truly devastating. Despite everything I've always bounced back quite well but what at the end got me was an episode of over-training from which I was not able to recover . Another reason was the nausea, not for the bike, but for a certain type of cycling. I can proudly say that I do not own anything to the Italian Cycling Federation - My first registration goes back to 1961 - and since then, although I have always done my duty, first as an athlete and then as DS (from my young and small teams I have, either directly or indirectly, produced 5 National Championships ), I have always received only ostracism. Now I am convinced that my bad luck was to be born in Lazio and even worse to be from Rome.
4) When he decided to devote himself to the career of Director of Football?
In 1968 I moved to Vermicino where there was and still is the restaurant the "Canneto" of Giancarlo Pavoni President of GS Grottaferrata. The sportsmanship, skill and elegance of Giancarlo convinced me to do the Sports Director "of Grottaferrata" with Osvaldo Lelli, Fiorelli and Vincenzo Angelino Patrizi. I gave to cycling a lot and as former successful racer, I felt compelled to return, at least in part, what cycling had given me with a little added value - my experience on the race. Therefore I became a DS not for the purposes of having a career, but simply as person who wanted to help young cyclists to chase and if possible achieve their dreams.
5) What motivated you?
The desire to help young athletes, especially in the minor categories, to join the cycling world in a better way. My main concern has always been not to damage in any way my young athletes . Cycling in the years 60s and 70s was based only upon the the experience of the ex racers and DS, based only on feelings, believing that cyclocross is good and the track is better so the more you were racing the better it was, but you were never really positive about the actual physical limits of the rider.
6) What do you think of training in general?
Training hard it is important to perform well but resting is as important, so a lot of years ago I started following my kids by monitoring their heart and now, at least for the last five years, with power meters and "Training Peaks" . The main goal again is not only to enhance the quality of training but for to avoid any risk of "OVER TRAINING" and potential permanent physical damage . In conclusion, experience alone is not enough you have to rely on methods and tools that help you in recognizing the limits of your athletes, limits that you will want to improve without surely improve, but never to ignore.
7) Which category will follow in 2012?
Next year I will not follow a particular category.
8) What is your philosophy as the DS and what have you be teaching to your athletes ?
My philosophy is this:
1 ° protect the health of the children entrusted to me,
2 ° the school
3 ° the victories.
To my kids I try to teach respect for opponents, to cultivate a spirit of emulation in the sense if an opponent is good at you, you have to become as good as him and not to diminish the value and above all to be aware of the meaning of Victory and Defeat. The victory should be carefully evaluated because you could get excited for a success that indeed was only an episode in favor, or against weak competitors; even the defeat should be carefully analyzed because it may depress you but sometime it could be totally accepted given the condition of the race and the exceptional performance of the winner.
9) What will be in goal next season?
Next season I will follow some of my past athletes in the higher category according to the express request of their new team managers.
10) Many consider you one of the best coaches in Italy: what do you think of the technical qualities of the young categories?
I do not want to express any judgment about the "young" categories because relies for 90% on the passion of whoever is privately sustaining them while the institutional "bodies" are totally absent at this level.
11) What do you think of the cycling movement in Lazio? Why has been disappearing over the years?
The first enemy of cycling is traffic. When in Rome Coratti (Team owner) decides to quit his activity we will not have any longer any youth team! The cycling movement in Lazio has been dying for many reasons:
- In the early 90s the institution governing cycling should have prohibited the transfer of young athletes to other regions, so over the years local race organizers have had less and less participants to their events.
- Locally now the attention is toward amateurs and mountabikers but it the stores and factories stop supporting the young athletes in the future they will not have potential clients to sell their bikes!
12) Who do you like from Lazio and think that he will have a successful career in cycling?
I very great hope for the Sterbini brothers, in Alessandro Mandatori, Antonio Zullo, Taschin, Andreozzi, Roberti, Bernardinetti, Cresca, and last, but not the least Valerio Conti.
13) Who are the kids in your heart?
14) To whom go your thoughts at the closing of this interview?
My thoughts go to my former student, Alessandro Matteucci, who has founded a school of "Italian cycling" (www.italianschoolofcycling.com) in the United States and more specifically in New York, where he has experiencing a great success. Alessandro personifies what I have always wished: one of my students who remains or returns to our world, to our movement, to share what it has "learned" so to make our sport more and more beautiful.