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by Shane Stokes
December 5, 2017
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The scratch race world champion Rachele Barbieri has signed with Wiggle High5 for 2018, bringing her sprinting abilities to the squad. “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.”
In addition to winning gold in the scratch race in what was her first senior world championships, the 20-year-old Italian has already shown her worth on the road. She took fourth in the European road race championships and second on a stage of the Santos Women’s Tour.
“I’m really really excited for the season that is coming!” she 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!”
She said that she believes every young female rider sees the team as the best in women’s cycling. “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.”