Samuele's Story

Words: Chad Childers Stripes Date: 10 March 2023

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The Hagens Berman Jayco Cycling Team continued its strong signing season with the addition of Samuele Privitera. Samuele joins Axeon from Team Fratelli Giorgi.

“For me, being part of this team is truly an honor,” said an excited Samuele. “I have been following the team since Almeida raced here. Last year, I was an intern at the team's camp in Tuscany and I really fell in love with Axel's passion and the organization of the team. I'm here to do my part to help the team and see "our shirt” win.”

Samuele’s 2023 Palmares:
Coppa 1. de Maggio - 1st place
Memorial Antonio Colo - 1st place
GP Sportivi Loria - 3rd place
Trofeo Buffoni Juniors - 3rd place

The 18-year-old from Soldano, Italy considers himself a climber more than anything else and “a rider who goes strong as the kilometers pass,” he said. “Next year I would like to improve my climbing characteristics more and more and certainly think I’m on the right team to do so.”

“Samuele has been at camp with us at the beginning of the year and showed great mentality and decent results through the year,” said team owner and director Axel Merckx. “Samuele has shown that he is eager to learn and adapt.”

  • Nickname: Privi
  • What's your spirit animal: cat
  • Favorite post-race meal: rice with eggs
  • What doesn’t belong on pizza: I'm Italian... So many things don’t belong, like fruits…
  • Top of your bucket list: don't make my parents work anymore thanks to my salary
  • Most famous person in your cellphone: Ivan basso I think
  • What country would you like to visit: Russia
  • Would you rather get paid $200,000 tomorrow or $500 per week for the rest of your life? 500 per week for the rest of my life
  • If a song played every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose and why: Experience di Einaudi because make me chill
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