Tour leaders

Alessandra Cappellotto

In 1997, in San Sebastián, Alessandra became the first...

In 1997, in San Sebastián, Alessandra became the first Italian Roadbike World Champion. Between 1992 and 2004, she clocked up wins in all the major professional races. A lover of fine wine, good food and life in general, when she isn’t saddled up on the trails, Alessandra devotes her time equally to the Italian Association of Professional Cyclists, as President, and her beloved vineyard on the hills of Asolo – producing (you’ve guessed) Prosecco.

Andrea (Ferri) Ferrigato

Andrea Ferrigato is affectionately known by his former...

Andrea Ferrigato is affectionately known by his former teammates and friends as “Ferri” for his legs of “Steel” recording an estimated 650,000 miles in his career on a bike.

 

Ferri has had a professional career spanning 15 years, 8 Giro d’Italia and 4 Tour de France. He was a Stage winner of the Giro D’Italia (1994), 2 World Cup races in 1996, when he was second in the final classification, and other 17 important classics race.

 

He remains very passionate and thankful for his career and is willing to share this passion with other like-minded cyclists.

 

Andrea has chosen several epic rides to participate in, both in Italy and other European countries, and is eager to ride alongside other guest riders who share his passion.

Angelo Furlan

Born in Arzignano on 21/06/77. Lives in Montecchio...

Born in Arzignano on 21/06/77. Lives in Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza. Always a firm believer of the importance of versatility in the field of cycling, is at a young age that the adult has practiced and practice many sports and engages with ductility in the various disciplines of cycling. 

 

Started from bmx, going through all disciplines of cycling, professional road internationally with many years experience, has competed in the most important and famous races in the world and has played more famous team internationally concluding activity professional "ride" in 2013.

 

Alessandro Ballan

The physique of a rock-climber and the power of a...

The physique of a rock-climber and the power of a sprinter: that’s Alessandro Ballan.
His laurels are too long to list here, but the 2008 World Championship in Varese and the 2007 Tour of Flanders stand out.
Alessandro leads our riders along the Belgian classics – and who better than a champ who has stood on the podium twice on the Tour Of Flanders, and no less than 3 times on the Paris-Roubaix?

Girolibero Roadbike

Pierpaolo Romio

A born dreamer, Pierpaolo founded Girolibero/Zeppelin in 1998. His travel diaries cover over 500,000 km of hitchhiking adventures the length and breadth of Europe and the most unusual collection of bikes. Favourite mode of travel? Bike and boat. His CV lists some unlikely occupations, after which he irreversibly converted to cycling holidays. When not at the company's HQ in Vicenza, he's most likely out at lunch with one of his staff – something he enjoys doing with each of them in turn.

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Alice Tronca

Born in the Berici Hills outside Vicenza, the fourth of...

Born in the Berici Hills outside Vicenza, the fourth of five siblings and the only girl. A femminist and contrarian by vocation, she is never short of a pretext for being out on the road: particularly memorable are her temp jobs around Europe, including at a small ice cream shop along the River Main cycling track. Graduated with a thesis on Käurismäki's films, Alice still loves a challenge, despite settling down as a partner and parent. Next up: a marathon, teaching her little girl to pedal and... cycling the Paris-London!

Andrea Contarin

Andrea may be a boy's name in Italy, but this has never...

Andrea may be a boy's name in Italy, but this has never stopped her from being dead proud of it and travelling abroad with it. Her forays include Austria, where she has lived and studied languages. Andrea translates, checks and enriches our client information material year after year. She is a maniac for attention to detail (she is a virgo after all), and when not working on roadbooks and cycling guides, she loves group tours on two wheels – not least the family ones: kids on bikes are just great!

Andrea (Ferri) Ferrigato

Andrea Ferrigato is affectionately known by his former...

Andrea Ferrigato is affectionately known by his former teammates and friends as “Ferri” for his legs of “Steel” recording an estimated 650,000 miles in his career on a bike.

 

Ferri has had a professional career spanning 15 years, 8 Giro d’Italia and 4 Tour de France. He was a Stage winner of the Giro D’Italia (1994), 2 World Cup races in 1996, when he was second in the final classification, and other 17 important classics race.

 

He remains very passionate and thankful for his career and is willing to share this passion with other like-minded cyclists.

 

Andrea has chosen several epic rides to participate in, both in Italy and other European countries, and is eager to ride alongside other guest riders who share his passion.

Martina Marzari

Girolibero's "youngster" has been checking and...

Girolibero's "youngster" has been checking and translating our background material since 2007. She loves volleyball, beach volley and clubbing – always an opportunity to sport an impressive collection of high heels. Martina was keen to improve her German after qualifying in languages at high school in 2009: we packed her off to Bavaria for a few months, and she is now as comfortable with a Radler as she is with an aperitivo.

Natasha Hamrick

Joined the Girolibero ranks in May 2006 as a temp...

Joined the Girolibero ranks in May 2006 as a temp translator and preparing info packs before firmly planting her roots. Progressed to programming and bookings, enriching her contribution with historical and gastronomic hints and tips – which are always welcome! In her free time Natasha lets her hair down at rock concerts and funfairs, and relaxes with a game of "Super Mario" or a Scandinavian whodunnit.

 

Mechanics and Logistics

Antonio (Toni) Germani

Though many cyclists will be familiar with Toni as a...

Though many cyclists will be familiar with Toni as a tour leader, these days he is our logistics frontman at the warehouse. As well as fixing your bike he can share a few tips on buying a new one. In his spare time he will saddle his MTB and recce the Pre-Alps of Vicenza or the Berici Hills – or else, if the weather is too rough, a good film will do.

 

Nicolò Minati

Well and truly from Vicenza, despite landing at...

Well and truly from Vicenza, despite landing at Girolibero on secondment from Verona University's Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature. Spends his days at our warehouse loading up bike trailers, or on the road delivering bikes to our clients in the Venice Lands and Croatia – or else shuttling to our boats (Ave Maria and Vita Pugna) in Mantua.

Marketing and Communication

Anita Andriolo

Joined the Girolibero ranks in 2009. When not clutching...

Joined the Girolibero ranks in 2009. When not clutching her mouse, she dedicates herself to her sport, pets (a dog, two cats and a tortoise) and enjoys a full-bellied song – always accompanied by a chalice of Amarone! In defiance of her degree in Political Sciences, in 2008 Anita specialised in growing roses, both ancient and modern. She has pledged her eternal love to the Venetian Lagoon and the sea, but regrets to face up to the fact that her freckles are the closest she manages to a decent suntan.

Elena Riatti

A chaotic (orderly, she claims) jumble reigns supreme on...

A chaotic (orderly, she claims) jumble reigns supreme on Elena's desk, ranging from Girolibero and Zeppelin brochures to newspapers, magazines and scraps of paper. Joined the team in 2009 with a History of Arts degree and manages our communications and press affairs. Loved her beaches as much as the scout camps as a child, which accounts for an equal fondness of flip-flops and trekking boots. Elena's first love? – Guitar. Her latest? – Tanzania, where she spent her honeymoon.