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Callum Johnston – Looking forward to a second season in Italy with Zappi


If you’re a VeloVeritas regular then you’ll have seen our interview with Flavio Zappi, the man who transforms promising U23 riders into World Tour performers.

Will Scot, Callum Johnston be pulling on a QuickStep jersey in a year or three?

Read on…

Callum Johnston
Photo©Callum Johnston

How old are you, where are you from and how do the Scottish palmares look, Callum?

“I’m 18 years-old from East Kilbride.

“To be honest, I don’t have much to report in the way of Scottish results, I have some top five’s and 10’s but the hillier courses in Italy suit me much better – I’m very grateful to Flavio for giving me this opportunity.”

How/why Zappi?

“I discovered Zappi two years ago but I was still junior and his team was U23 but we kept in touch.

“I’ve always loved Italy, my mum and dad had their honeymoon there and I’ve been there on holidays.

“In January he was looking for ‘trialists’ and I went down to Calpe in Spain to the team house there. It was great to sample the routine, the attention to diet, the training…

“I rode the Volta a la Marina and finished 14th out of 160 starters.

“That result lead to an invite back and in April I rode two UCI races in Italy; the GP della Liberazione in Rome which was 23 or 24 laps of a circuit – a huge crit, really. I didn’t finish but