Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team extends contract with Walter Calzoni

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team is thrilled to announce the contract extension of Walter Calzoni, one of its most promising neo-pro cyclists, through 2026.  

18 April 2023

The 21-year-old Italian joined Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team as a young and talented cyclist with a promising future. A few months into the season Calzoni showcased his climbing and GC potential with an exceptional performance in the Tour du Rwanda where he claimed an impressive second place on the General Classification, securing the first stage-race overall podium for Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.  

If in Rwanda Calzoni proved himself as a promising climber and GC contender, his performance at the Jaén Paraiso Interior and Strade Bianche was equally impressive, as he demonstrated his versatility and technical acumen on the challenging gravel terrain. 

At the Italian one-day race Per Sempre Alfredo, Calzoni came agonizingly close to his maiden victory as a pro, when a crash in the final descent when he was leading the race solo, thwarted his bid for glory. 

Walter Calzoni once again showed his racing pedigree at the 2023 Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali where he made the podium on stage 3 and finish 9th on the Overall Classification. 

“We are very excited to extend Walter’s contract with the team! He has shown incredible talent and work ethic during his time with us, and we believe that he has a bright future ahead of him. We are confident that he will continue to develop and contribute to the team’s success over the next few years,” said Doug Ryder, General Manager of Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.  

Opportunity to develop

Calzoni is equally enthusiastic about the extension of his contract, saying, “I am very happy to continue my journey with Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team. The team has been incredibly supportive and has given me the opportunity to develop as a cyclist. I feel very comfortable in the team, and I see that everyone cares about my growth and wants to ensure that it happens gradually. I look forward to working with my teammates and the staff to achieve our goals and bring more success to the team.” 

“I would say that the first racing experiences went very well, even if the victory was lacking but we will work hard with the team to try and get it already this year. In the future, I dream of being able to be a protagonist in both the Classics and Grand Tour WorldTour races,” concluded Calzoni. 

With Calzoni’s extension, Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team reinforces its commitment to nurturing young talent and building a strong and successful team for years to come.