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California Dreamin' - The Paolo Bettini Diary 2003

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He's from California, down near the beach, but this guy's no surfer dude. Paolo Bettini is from La California, near Cecina on the Tuscan coast in Italy. Bettini is a compact, power packed explosive puncher of a rider who conquered the World Cup title last year for Mapei-Quick Step with his exciting, dynamic style. Bettini learned his trade as the right-hand man for Michele Bartoli, but emerged from his fellow Tuscan's shadow in 2000 with a great win in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Bettini repeated at L-B-L last year and has now moved on from the glorious but now sadly defunct Mapei team to the new classics super-squad, Quick-Step - Davitamon. Cyclingnews is honored to welcome the likeable "fuoriclasse" Paolo Bettini as a diarist for 2003.

Latest entry: February 5: Planning for a busy year

2004 entries

2003 entries

  • August 4: Hello to everyone after the Tour!

Tour de France

  • Stage 1: Finalmente! The Tour is underway

Other 2003 entries

  • June 17: Bettini's back!
  • April 18: Playing the waiting game again
  • March 17: The Big Race and a Great Team - Milano-San Remo
  • March 4: Early season form and a team gelling in Belgium

Paolo Bettini's website

Quick-Step Davitamon website