Giacomo Nizzolo grew up with motocross and became accomplished in this sport. His parents, concerned that the motorbike was his sole focus at such an early age, gifted him with a local bicycle club membership for his sixth birthday. Little did they realize that this would change his life forever.
He continued to race motocross and would draw upon these skills often while blossoming into a promising young sprinter in cycling. Even today he shows exceptional aptitude on the harrowing descents and loves the adrenaline rush of bumping elbows at 60kph at a race’s finish. The more technical the finish, the better for Giacomo.
In 2008, while racing in the U23 category, a catastrophic crash-landed him in the hospital for 20 days followed by four months off the bike. His ability to bounce back from such a terrifying moment during his development speaks loudly to his character. In 2011, he joined Leopard Trek and won his first race as a professional, stage five of Bayern-Rundfahrt. He has been part of the Trek family ever since.
Giacomo, 27, was born in Milan but resides in Switzerland, a stone's throw over the border from his family in Northern Italy. His ability to get over climbs, in addition to his sprinting prowess, makes Giacomo more than a one-dimensional sprinter.
Giacomo’s nemesis is finishing second more times than he cares to remember. Of these, the most amazing - and most frustrating - were his four second-place finishes in the Giro d’Italia in 2014. Last season the Italian sprinter made a big leap in his level, winning seven times, including the Italian national championships, and clinching the maglia rossa, the prestigious points jersey of the Giro d'Italia, for a second straight year. Showing some of his best form at the end of the season, Giacomo went to the World Championships in Qatar and narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fifth place.