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by Shane Stokes
September 28, 2017
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Italian sprinter Barbara Guarischi (Canyon-Sram) makes her move to the Team Virtu in 2018, signing a one-year contract.
Guarischi, a strong Classics rider, has also won races in the Giro Rosa and La Route de France. However, the Italian rider had difficulties finding her way to the top this year and hopes joining the Danish team will give her a renewed sense of enjoyment in the sport.
“I have had two years that have not lived up to my expectations,” said the 26-year-old. “I want to go back to where cycling is fun again and where I enjoy riding. It has been too much work, work, work. I’ll have fun again. I know I’m not the rider with the most power, but I’ve always been strong mentally, but it’s important that it was fun and the last couple of years it has not been perfect.”
“Personally, I would like to go back and fight for the victory. It’s always a good feeling and like everyone, I love to win. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small or big race. Every race is important, but none of them are easy to win,” Guarischi added.
“Despite of her age, Barbara has a lot of experience, and her skills as a rider can be used in all types of races,” said DS Carmen Small. “She knows how to ride smaller climbs, she has an engine on the flat and she is fast in the sprint. I’m sure she will get back to winning in 2018. She is set to be one of our leaders in 2018, not just aiming for results but also helping the younger riders both inside and outside of races. I’m very happy to add her to the team, and I feel confident that she will reach her top level again.”