Federico Fontana


Federico Fontana | Team Novo Nordisk | About Team Novo Nordisk

Head of Performance

Federico Fontana is an Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist supporting the Team Novo Nordisk’s professional men riders with their daily training routines. He takes the challenge of translating sports science into practice with the goal of improving cycling performance.

Born in Verona, Italy, Fontana holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Verona, Italy with a focus on metabolism during cycling. During his Ms.c. in Sport Science, Fontana focused on the study of oxygen kinetics, lactate metabolism and the factors that limit human endurance performance in cycling. He split his studies between the University of Verona, Italy, the Western University, Canada and the University of Calgary, Canada.

His role with Team Novo Nordisk includes supervising coaches and overseeing training methodology, performance testing, training, monitoring and data analyses for all cyclists. He is supported by a team of scientists and coaches to provide the best support for each individual cyclist.

Team Novo Nordisk adds a fascinating challenge for Fontana because all the athletes compete with type 1 diabetes. As a curious scientist, Fontana works to blend knowledge, experience, and intuition for performance enhancement in this cutting-edge environment.

To read more about the work from Frederico and the rest of the Team Novo Nordisk team, visit our Research page.

Get to know Federico Fontana

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Realizing that everything you have is exactly what you think you don’t have. Being able to value what I have more than what I don’t have. Often, I found myself thinking that I might miss something, without knowing what it is. If I’ll be able to realize that I don’t know what it is because I already have everything I need, that would be a state of happiness; where everything feels just as right. 


What is your greatest fear?

Losing my freedom… to think, act, behave, interact, love, move… due to life circumstances like stress, financial issues, diseases, death. 


Which living person do you most admire?

My Mom and Dad for their dedication and sacrifice for the family, no matter what it takes. They taught me the meaning of the words generosity, unselfishness, altruism.   


What is your greatest extravagance?

I actually miss one, I need to be more extravagant … and accept to express it without fear of being judged. 


What is your current state of mind?

Prudently happy-to-be.


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My life, with everything there is in the box.


Which talent would you most like to have?

Playing a guitar like Tommy Emmanuel .


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A golden retriever, for their never ending playful way of living.


Where would you most like to live?

Where I live right now … adding a holiday home on the sea, with a sailboat docked on the cost perhaps. 


What is your most treasured possession?

The relationship I have been developed with the most important people in my life. 


What do you most value in your friends?

Trust, honesty, confidence, vulnerability, positivity. 


Who are your favorite writers?

Alain de Botton and Fabio Volo. 


    What excites you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

    Being a producer of things, not just a consumer. 


    What sound or noise do you love?

    I love the sound of the wind. 


    What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

    Designer – architect. 


    What profession would you not like to do?

    Salesman – vendor.