ITDavide Bramati

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Davide Bramati’s career is long and colorful. Brama started riding bikes at 8-year-olds and was a professional rider for 17 years,. His palmares include a victory in the 13th Stage of the 1992 Vola a Portugal, the 17th Stage of the 2000 La Vuelta a Espana, and the 4th stage of 2002 Vuelta a Aragona

“I was with a lot of strong riders in my career,” Bramati said. “When I was I was on Mapei from 1997 to 2002, it was the best team in the world. There were 30 riders who could do something good, like now. Strong riders. I was one of the old riders in the bunch. One of the veterans. My personality was to stay with the strong riders, to pull because in the first two-or-three years of my career I learned how to work for other guys.”

Brama said he stopped in 2006 after Giro d’Italia. He immediately started his Sport Director career after this, moment which means he has been in the position with Etixx –Quick-Step for almost nine years now. “I’ve been with this team since 2003, so I’ve been with this team since it started. I like my colleagues. I like this group. For me this group is like family. I am with them for much of the year. I even know some of these guys since Mapei, so the relationships have been for a long time. I think sometimes it isn’t good to change a team every three or four years. OK if someone doesn’t feel good, then it is a nice change. But if you feel good in that place, it is better to stay there.”

Brama is known for his passion, which has been evident on several GoPro videos of the team car when riders win. “I like my job,” Brama said. “I live the moment in the car like I was on the bicycle. When I don’t feel that same kind of emotion, then I say it is time to stop cycling. I like when someone wins or wants to try to win. This is a passion for me. I started cycling because my brother was a cyclist. Then the passion to my brother is like a passion my father had. When I was 18-years old, he had a big accident with a motorbike. From there I finished school, and went to work in the factory. I did the normal job, three hours in the big factories. I worked there 8 to 9 hours a day. Then something in my head told me to do what I like instead, such as cycling. From then on, I never wanted to change what I do. That is me. When I am passionate, I don’t change. I only had a few teams in my entire career.  I go with what feels right and once it doesn’t feel right, I stop.”