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Davide Martinelli: if there is an opportunity to help, why not do it?

The Northern Italy became one of the centers of the COVID-19 virus spread in Europe. The locality of Lodetto, part of the comune of Rovato near Brescia, is one of many places not only in Italy, but throughout Europe, where people are forced to abandon their usual lifestyle and isolate themselves at home in order to try to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

Davide Martinelli, the rider of Astana Pro Team, lives in Lodetto. Like the majority of other riders of the Kazakh team, as well as all other professional teams around the world, Davide spends almost all his time at home, waiting for the end of the pandemic, when the world will return to its normal life; when it will be possible to do again what he loves the most – to compete in professional races. 

Not being able to train on the road, Davide invents new ways to keep fit at home all day long: works on bike trainer, participates in virtual bike races, does various physical exercises... and in recent days, also helps other people to survive the harsh quarantine measures.

- My daily schedule is fairly stable and routine: the first training session is in the morning, around 11. Most often, I work on bike trainer. During the day, I usually do household chores or rest. In the late afternoon, before dinner, I do a second workout: some exercises for different muscle groups: back, core, legs. And in the last few days, I've got an opportunity to help my neighbors, and I'm happy to do it. I am really encouraged by the opportunity to help, - says Davide Martinelli.

Unfortunately, Lodetto does not have its own supermarket or pharmacy: the village is small, so the people have to travel to nearby Rovato to buy food or medicine. And in a quarantine, it is not so easy to do this, especially for elder people, who are at special risk group.

Therefore, several young guys decided to organize themselves to help the old people who were forced to stay at home: to buy food and deliver it at home, or to go for medicines. Davide Martinelli joined a group of volunteers, deciding that even a small help is extremely important in today's reality.

- I’ve got information about this initiative from friends from my village and, in particular, from my cousin, who was one of the initiators of it. As in Lodetto there is no a supermarket and pharmacy, the purchase of food and medicines has become a real problem for some people without a car. I wanted to join this action, because in such a difficult time we must be united, we must help each other as much as possible. The people who live next to me have always been very kind to me, cheered for me in the races, supported me even in difficult moments. When you are a professional rider, there is always not enough time for something else but cycling. And now each of us has a lot of time, and I think this is the right moment to do something for my neighbors, for my village, who has given me so much, - says Martinelli.

Yesterday Davide took part in this initiative for the first time; he rode his bike to a nearby town to a pharmacy and delivered medicines to an elderly couple.

- Today, I have three more deliveries: I need to go twice to the supermarket for some food, and once again to the pharmacy. Of course, I try to observe all quarantine measures as carefully as possible, dress appropriately, keep a social distance, and so on. For me, to ride my bike for a few kilometers to a store or pharmacy and back is not a problem, while the people who really need it, get much needed food and medicine. I will continue to help as long as there is a need. I don't think it's anything special, but if there's an opportunity to help, why not do it? – says Davide.

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