Off the bike, it hasn't been the easiest of seasons for Pozzato, who separated from his partner Chiara earlier in the year but he is hopeful that the experience has ultimately been helped him to mature.
"In these past months I have changed a lot," Pozzato said. "I've hit the bottom and I've started again, by placing importance on the things that matter. This is a new Pippo, less superficial. Before I was the man people expected me to be, now I am the real Pozzato".