The cyclist which has the perfect family name for a cyclist, closed his career in the Giro di Lombardia. Who are we talking about? Marco Velo of course! Velo started his career in 1996 with the Italian team Brescialat. One year later he took his first pro victory in the fourth stage of the Giro del Trentino te winnen. In 1998 Velo demonstrated his time trial qualities winning his first of three Italian time trial titles. He also won races as the GP Tell, GP Llodio and Firenze-Pistoia.
In 2002 Velo moved to Fassa Bortolo and became one of the lead out man of Alessandro Petacchi. Velo didn`t gain personal success, but he was an important link Petacchi`s lead out. When the Italian sprinter moved to Milram in 2006, Velo made the move also. After three years in the shirt of Team Milram, Petacchi and Velo were seperated. In 2009 Velo came to Team Quick Step and proved his importance as perfect team player.
“Marco only spent two seasons with us on the team, but from the start he turned out to be an excellent team player, ideal for the group”, explains Team Manager Patrick Lefevere. “Unfortunately, due to some physical problems this year he wasn’t able to express his full potential. We wish Marco all the best of luck for his future, which we are sure he’ll approach with the same strength and determination that he demonstrated on a bike.”