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.