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Flavio Zappi – Helping His Riders Cope with Covid and Brexit

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Flavio Zappi plays down his own career on the bike but in a time and place where it was hard to get a pro contract and then sometimes even harder to achieve contract renewal after one season, if the results weren’t there or your face didn’t fit, he rode numerous seasons at the highest levels of Italian cycle sport.

Flavio Zappi
Flavio Zappi finished 12th in the Tour of Lombardy in 1984.

Zappi had some strong amateur results in 1980 including third place in the prestigious GP della Liberazione and a win in the Coppa Bologna.

He turned professional with Hoonved-Bottechia for seasons 1981/82 and there was a stage win in Trentino in ’81.

Metauromobili-Pinarello was the sponsor for 1983/84 with his best results coming in ’84 with 12th in La Primavera in the same time as winner Francesco Moser, Kelly and Vanderaerden.

That same year he held the lead in the Mountains competition in the Giro for two weeks, only losing late in the day when he got caught in the crossfire of the Saronni/Fignon feud, finishing an eventual second in the competition.

He was with Murella Rossin for 1985 and Veloforma for ’86.

But nowadays he’s better known as the man behind the ‘Zappi Racing Team’ based in La Bella Italia where young ‘Anglo’ men can serve a proper apprenticeship with a view to moving up to Pro Team or World Tour level like his boy, Englishman James Knox – now an integral part of the mighty Deceuninck QuickStep