Italian roots, unique style. Alberto ‘King of Europe’ Dainese.
What about him?
In September 2018, Alberto Dainese landed at the Academy ready to make himself ready to move up to the professional peloton. In his first month as a member of the Academy, he already took the win into Kermesses competing against WorldTour rider. It takes a special mindset to come all the way from Italy to the Netherlands and be the best sprinter of the U23 ranks. But the goal was clear and the path was achieved.
How did he perform?
In 2019 Alberto seized a total of 7 wins which included the U23 European Road Race title in Alkmaar, his first-ever professional win at the Czech Tour, and three stages at the Tour of Bretagne against a strong peloton filled with professional riders. In other words, Alberto confirmed the expectations that we had, he was the best sprinter in the category and he just needed the right guidance and program to show so.
What was next after the Academy?
After showing consistency and a high-performance level, Alberto quickly becomes one of the hottest talents in the market. Several times showed interest in the talented sprinter but it was Team Sunweb the one that matched the needs and vision that Dainese had. It did not take long for Alberto to clinch his maiden win in his first season, it was at the Herald Sun Tour in Febraury. As envisioned, his development was on the right track and that was materialized to the world in the 2022 Giro d’Italia, where Alberto took his first-ever Grand Tour win in spectacular fashion.