Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Rachele Barbieri will be joining the team in 2018. The 20-year-old Italian from Pavullo nel Frignano, near Modena, Emilia-Romagna, is the reigning Scratch Race World Champion. As well as being a star on the track, Rachele is also one of the most exciting young road sprinters in the peloton.
“Wiggle High5 is always looking for young athletes with potential to develop, so we’re delighted to have signed the young track World Champion,” said Team founder, owner and manager, Rochelle Gilmore. “Rachele has been dominating scratch races on the track for a while now which normally means that with a season or two on the road, with a balanced race program, she has the potential to win road race at the highest level in the future.”
Rachele Barbieri has already proved to be one of the most exciting track racers of her generation, having won her Scratch Race title in her first senior World Championships. She was able to display her Rainbow Jersey in style at the second World Cup of this season, in Manchester, UK, in November, as she won that Scratch Race with a dominant sprint
Her road results in 2017 included fourth place in the European Road Race Championships and second place in a stage of the Santos Women’s Tour, behind new teammate Kirsten Wild.
“I’m really really excited for the season that is coming!” Barbieri said. “I am really proud that I will be part of a big team, one of most important women’s cycling teams in the world.
I’m sure that it will be a big opportunity for me to learn a lot of new things from these champions - World, Olympic and more!
“I think that every young girl looks at Wiggle High5 as the best team in female cycling,” she added. “Wiggle High5 shows itself like the best team because of the well organisation of the staff, the good job of the riders and the best bike materials in the cycling market. I think that all this was made by the intention of Rochelle to create a good image of the team.
“I hope that I can join the team for a lot of years!” she laughed.
“It’s always exciting to work with young motivated athletes hungry for success,” Gilmore added. “The challenge can often be to keep them calm and relaxed. Our ambition at Wiggle High5 will be to offer Rachele a balanced race program in 2018 with specific targets and objectives in a domestique/lead-out role. We will be consciously aiming to develop Rachele’s road endurance during her first year with the team and, hoping she will benefit longterm from working in a team with so many experienced athletes.
“We’re looking forward to introducing Rachele to our team environment in Australia next month.”
photos Janos Schmidt