Ignazio Moser (and his father Francesco)
Ignazio Moser (and his father Francesco)
Born in Trento, northern Italy, on July 4th 1992, the young Ignazio is twenty years old.
Francesco Moser’s youngest son, has inherited his father 's physical traits (he's a massive, fast rouleur) but also, and maybe even more for his determination and ability to lead the bunch.
We've filmed the last year before his approach to professional cycling and the 1st year in which he's been a full-time cyclist, at the end of his studies. At the end of 2012, Ignazio arrived to the BMC developmental team, and in 2013 he’s going to face his first competition as a professional.
People consider Ignazio mainly as Francesco Moser’s son, and so, anything he does, both victories (in 2010 he was the Juniors National Individual Pursuit Champion) and defeats are always compared to what his father did before him.
Moreover, his father transmitted him a huge passion for a single race, the Paris-Roubaix.
A race that Francesco Moser won three time consecutively, and that Ignazio tried to win in 2012, when we've filmed his "Paris-Roubaix Espoirs" in the Elite category, with his team Trevigiani Dynamon Bottoli
Francesco Moser was one of the most successful riders of the 70's and 80's, with 273 victories as a professional, including one Giro d'Italia, three Paris-Roubaix ('78, '79, '80), two Giro di Lombardia and Milan-Sanremo, as well as a world road championship. In 1984, in Mexico City, Moser broke the famed 1972 hour record of Eddy Merckx's, riding 50.808 kilometers.
He is still today the Italian cyclist with the highest number of successes (273) and globally he's at the third place, behind Eddy Merckx (426) and Rik Van Looy (379).
Today, Francesco Moser runs a family winery.
Transfers: Serry, Nieve and Ignazio Moser sign for 2013
The transfers carousel continues to revolve, with Pieter Serry moving up to Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Mikel Nieve re-signing with Euskaltel-Euskadi, and Ignazio Moser breaking into the pro ranks at the BMC developmental team. In addition, French media is reporting that Euskaltel is preparing to sign its first “international” rider.
Ignazio Moser, son of former pro Francesco Moser will ride for the Continental-ranked BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, accoriding to trentinocorrierealpi.getlocal.it.
The 20-year-old, whose cousin Moreno rides for Liquigas-Cannondale, currently rides for the amateur team Dynamom Trevigiani Bottoli. He has two wins this year. In 2010 he was junior national champion on the track in individual pursuit and runner-up for the road title.
From BMC Development Team's Website
Son of 1977 world road champion and 1984 Giro d'Italia winner Francesco Moser
It’s been few years that BMC was following the results of 2010 Italian national junior champion on track in individual pursuit, said Verbrugghe. “Good sprinter, he will be our protected man for the sprints, he was riding this year for an Italian team and joining BMC Under-23 Racing Team will be the opportunity for him to have a more international race calendar”, said Verbrugghe.
BMC Development Team rider calls time on career
original article on Cycling News
BMC Development rider Ignazio Moser has announced his retirement from professional cycling at the age of 22. The Italian cyclist who is the son of Francesco Moser, a former World Champion and Giro d'Italia champion, decided to hang up his wheels as he found he no longer had the passion to race.
"I stopped for the past three weeks," he told Trentino Corriere. "I rode my last race on the third Sunday of August, then I decided to say enough is enough."
Moser won a stage at the UCI 2.2 Tour Cycliste International de la Guadeloupe in early August, but it was the last race he finished.
Having considered the realities of an early retirement, Moser explained that several factors contributed to his decision to cease racing and turn his attention to working in the family vineyard.
"I came to a conclusion for a number of reasons," he said. "From a certain point of view, I do not like cycling anymore. I felt that it was no longer my life. I found it hard ... hard to do the work ... to make sense of it. I do not speak a lot of the physical effort, but just the life of the cyclist. I think that when you start doing this kind of reasoning, it is already too late."
It is a decision that his father Francesco respects, saying, "Maybe he could have waited another year before stopping, but the choice of Ignazio was heavy, and as a father, I respect it."
A promising young rider, Moser was the 2010 Junior Italian national individual pursuit champion and the silver medallist in the junior road race in the same year but a long career in cycling appeared unlikely as he explained.
"Five years ago, when I was 17, I had already stopped for a season," he said. "But I was still young. I still had time to get back in the saddle. Now I'm 22-years-old, yet a boy it is true, but I also have another maturity, another consciousness.
"The way I see it, and as I lived in the family home, Mosers have always conceived the sport as one of 'excellence.' The life of cycling at a high level involves a certain lifestyle and certain sacrifices, which I think is worth supporting only if you have excellent results.
"There are many professionals willing to make a career as a domestique, from January to October, and thus earn a living. It is a respectable choice, but my character does not allow me to be so. I do not know whether it is lucky or not, but this is what I think and feel."
Grateful for the opportunities that cycling has given him and for how it enriched his life, Moser explained that he couldn't imagine continuing without giving 100%.
"Cycling has also allowed me to travel a lot and I will keep a wonderful memory of these years," he said. "But then you get to an age in which one asks questions: will cycling give me a full life or is there a danger of it becoming a fad and me not going to work? I know that I've come to where I am due to my legs and I decided to stop here."
Moser said the family winery will become his new career but he will first take some time to discover other lines of work and what life off the bike involves.
"I see my future in the family business," he said. "First, however, I would like to do some work experience outside, because I think it's important for me and for my growth as a professional."