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by Shane Stokes
September 28, 2017
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After a thrilling performance at World Championships in Bergen last week, the Italian duo Elena Pirrone and Letizia Paternoster will join Astana Women’s team.
These young superstars are quite familiar with the top step of the podium. Pirrone, the World Champion in both the road race and the time trial, also won European TT Championships in August. Paternoster rode to the bronze medal in the World’s RR and holds 17 medals in both road and track events at the World and European Championship level, 13 of which are gold.
“Astana women’s team is a well organized team, with a very professional staff and a nice international calendar: I’m very happy to do my first year in the new category with such an important team,” said Pirrone. She added that her focus in the beginning of the season will be school and learning to be a good teammate.
“On a sport point of view I know it won’t be easy to adapt to new race rhythms but I’ll try to make experience and to help my teammates when possible.”
Looking ahead, Paternoster has her sights set high with Olympic dreams in mind. However, first she must take time to learn and develop. “I’m very happy to do this big step with the Astana Women’s Team, a team with an important name but most of all a team where I can grow without pressure: a lot of big names developed their qualities in this structure,” Paternoster said.
Despite their incredible list of palmares, both girls are still only 18-years-old and Astana’s DS, Maurizio Fabretto, understands that they will have a lot to learn. In their first year on the elite level, the motto will be “step-by-step growth.”