VIRTU Cycling Women sign European road race champion

Team VIRTU Cycling Women have extended the contract with 28 year-old Barbara Guarischi and signed two Italian riders, European road race champion 31 year-old Marta Bastianelli and the 21 year-old upcoming talent, Sofia Bertizzolo.

About the three Italians, sports director, Carmen Small says: 

”Sofia is our youngest rider and has proven already that she is the next generation and will continue to excel in both climbing races but also races of attrition. We want to help her develop her time trial skills so we can push for results in the GC races.  She won the young rider jersey in the Women’s World Tour this season and a big goal is to repeat it in 2019.  Sofia is an Olympic hopeful and we want to help her on this journey.  She has huge potential and with the right support, she will accomplish many great results the next year”.  

“Marta is a powerhouse sprinter who fills a big hole in the roaster that we didn’t have this season.  We have the best lead-out in the peloton both in knowledge and power so with this combination, we can support Marta to the finish line every time.  She is brought to the team not just as a sprinter but as a leader. Marta has shown that she can win sprints not just on flat stages but also quite hard stages like the European Championships.  She has only hit the tip of the iceberg of what she can do and we are excited to support her for the upcoming years”.  

“Barbara has a lot of fire! Barbara has showed that she can excel in technical sprint finishes and has given her hand in attacking the peloton, going into breaks, and trying to go solo.  She offered guidance to other up and coming riders and leadership on the bike.  Barbara is one of the most skilled riders in the bunch so we look forward to having her share her experience with the development riders on the team.  We are happy to have her for another season and looking forward to growing the team in a positive way”.

Marta Bastianelli comments:

”Team VIRTU Cycling Women are known for their easy-going environment and at the same time with a lot of ambitions and aggressive way of riding. This is a perfect combination for me. I’m looking forward to flashing the European Championship jersey with the flying colors of VIRTU”.