Filippo Tagliani is in a tough spot after Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli chose to compete at the Continental level and left the Italian rider without a contract.
Even his impressive performance in Giro d'Italia failed to attract any contract. He is speculating about ending his career. "I am without a team, and there are no serious negotiations. The teams are all full, and I have no hope,” Tagliani told SpazioCiclismo.
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He further adds, “Unfortunately, I started looking for a new team late, but I still thought I could stay. This is a common situation for my former teammates from last year, almost no one has found a team for 2023. The only personal regret I have is that already after the 2022 Giro d'Italia, I should have changed team."
He is ready to race at the Continental level, but then again, no team has space available. Continental teams have a little calendar with the professionals, and therefore, it doesn't make much sense for them to take you. I'm coming from a good season, but all the formations I contacted gave me that they were already full. I mean, they didn't say no because I'm not strong enough or lack results. The problem is that there is no space,” explains Tagliani.
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In the meantime, he remains optimistic but hints at retirement if he is not able to obtain a job. “For now, I continue to train, but I don't know how long I will continue. Doing a year just training, hoping for who knows what, is difficult,” concluded Tagliani.
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