Firstly, it’s because I’m a Catholic.
Also, I have good memories because I won two races that went over the Ghisallo when I was a junior and I’ve done it a few times in training and the Tour of Lombardy. It’s special to finish on a mountain where there’s a sanctuary.
It’s an incredible place. When I was 22, I was invited to go there as a guest and attended mass. The Madonna del Ghisallo holds lots of important relics and jersies; I remember one particular maglia rosa because it was from so many years ago.
In a sense, the joy felt when you reach the top of the climb could be a connection, like the altar with the symbol of the Madonna.
Perhaps the photo is a true symbol of the union between sport and religion, there are elements in the two that meet. For an Italian, the maglia rosa is the greatest sporting symbol.
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Giro d’Italia stage winner