Team Sky are pleased to announce that Matteo Tosatto will join the team as a Sport Director from the Tour of Poland.
The Italian spent 20 years in the pro peloton before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. He now takes up a new challenge in the team car, starting with this weekend’s WorldTour stage race.
With an impressive 34 Grand Tour appearances and over 50 Monument outings during his time as a pro, Tosatto brings yet more valuable experience to the team’s Sport Director ranks.
We caught up with the 43 year old before he heads to Poland to get his first impressions on the team and his new role.
Team Sky: Welcome to Team Sky Matteo! How does it feel to be joining a new team, and starting a new phase in your career?
Matteo Tosatto: Thank you. My first impressions of the team are that it’s a really incredible group and the detail and organisation is very impressive. To be able to work for the best team in the world is a great feeling. Naturally I’m very excited to go to my first race as a Sport Director and this is the best opportunity for me after my career as a pro cyclist.
My first race is this weekend at the Tour of Poland where I will work closely with Gabba (Gabriel Rasch). I will start in the role of 2nd Sport Director which I think is the perfect way to gain experience in the team car. I spent a lot of years as a cyclist but this is a very different role.
You retired at the end of last season. Did you always know you wanted to be a Sport Director?
Originally I had hoped to continue riding for one more year, but in the end it became clear that this was the time to stop and try something new. I was working at the Giro d’Italia for Pinarello and it was there that I was able to speak to Dave Brailsford a few times, and we had some conversations about working together.
Since then you’ve spent some time getting to know the team. Tell us about that.
My first experience with the team was at the Route du Sud in June where I was able to spend some time in the car to see how the team operates. Then after that I’ve spent two weeks at the team’s training camp in Livigno with 14 riders.
That was fantastic and I really look forward to working with young riders and helping them to develop. I hope with my experience I can help them to reach their objectives.
As a pro you’ve ridden against Team Sky for a number of years now. What were your impressions of the team?
I raced against Team Sky a lot and I could see easily what an impressive team they are and how the team are always racing for the highest objectives. That is what I want to do too, so now for me it’s really exciting to be part of the team.