Charly Wegelius



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“cycling, and from my first days living in Italy I couldn’t help but feel its influence and importance. It played a pivotal part in where I was, what I was doing and who I was trying to become. Once I was in Italy the Giro was forever on my mind. The thing about Italians is they love to talk. They love to talk about anything, but much in line with their Mediterranean cousins in Greece and Spain they love to debate. In Italian the word is polemica – it is what keeps bars in business, cafés bustling, and it is what makes cycling, along with football and politics, so important. The drama and aesthetic beauty set against the titanic physical struggle of cycling make it the perfect subject matter for this kind of debate. In Italy, while one-day races might provide reasons for a good debate for a day or two at best, the real winner is the Giro. It provides one whole month of conversation and argument, and the newspapers and television stations delight in fuelling the conversation – they exist purely to stoke the fire of debate.”
Charly Wegelius, Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro

“In a very simple way the amount of pain that a professional cyclist goes through, even on a normal day, far exceeds what most people would experience in their entire lives.”
Charly Wegelius, Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro

“I recognised a Swiss doctor whom I’d seen at a lot of races. I knew that she also worked in a mortuary. I remember I had tried chatting her up once by jovially saying, ‘I bet we’re all a bit like corpses, aren’t we?’ referring to our skeletal look – to which she had coolly replied, ‘Yes, but corpses don’t have so many needle marks.”
Charly Wegelius, Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro



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