Davide Formolo – Team Cannondale Garmin Young Cyclists to watch 2015
Name: Davide Formolo
Height/Weight: 181cm 62kg
Team: Team Cannondale Garmin
Davide Formolo will be in just his second season as a pro but huge things will be expected of a guy showing talent and poise exceeding his limited race experience. Formolo has gone from being a 2nd in the 2012 U23 National championships to been 2nd in the main event just two years later. In 2012 he was 2nd in GP Palio del Recioto to Bongiorno a race that saw Aru 4th. By the end of 2012 he was 4th in another Italian stage race won by Aru and the signs where good.
Still not full time he stepped up again in 2013. He was 8th early in the season at GP Palio del Recioto which the talented Caleb Ewan won. Better came by June as he came 3rd in Coppa della Pace with the progress coming along. He then had a great week at the week long Giro Ciclistico della Valle. Making names for themselves he was 28 second off first place Villella, unhealthy now his team mate. Again Formolo showed at the Tour de l’Avenir that stage racing was his strong point, website 6th overall in a race won by Fernandez and included Adam Yates and Patrick Konrad in the top 3 all riders also with plenty up side. He wrapped up a strong season with a 15th in a field full of Italian top class talent and drew the attention of Cannondale who signed him.
So in 2014 going from nowhere to World Tour, Formolo hit the ground running at Cannondale. In early March he road the lovely GP Citta di Lugano won by Finetto ahead of Colbrelli and Ulissi, Formolo himself was a good 9th in a high quality field. He was then sent to the Tour of Taiwan were he came a respectable 7th with team mate Cameron Wurf in 8th. He rode the Giro Del Trentino in April but failed to finish the race but quickly restore faith with a top class showing in the Tour of Turkey. 4th overall he came 2nd on key Stage 6, unable to match Adam Yates but holding off old timer Rebellin. At the Tour des Fjords a more punching test he came 11th overall in racing much more pressured than he had faced before. All this set him up for his biggest result so far when he came 7th overall in the Tour De Suisse which included two solid time trials and an 8th on Stage 8. Rui Costa won the race again but Formolo hung out in some very strong company.
A week later he was showing his class again as he narrowly lost out on winning the national champs as Nibali edged him out. He followed that with another 2nd in Italy to Adam Yates who has also been a star in 2014. He kept up the stage racing with 16th overall in Poland with two stage top 10s. Then in Canada he was 17th overall in the Tour of Alberta. He wrapped up the Canadian swing with some top 20 in both Montreal and Quebec. Returning to Italy he found some form with a 6th in the Giro Dell Emilia won by Rebellin and a 7th in the final race of his season at the Japan Cup won by Nathan Haas his future team mate.
Yet to get that first win 2015 could be a case of London buses for Formolo who I fully expect to come on even more in 2015 as he continues to progress. I expect he will get a grand tour likely the Giro and continue to get some chances in week long races. Competition to lead will be stronger at Garmin but there methods may well benefit him and I expect he thrives.