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Rachele Barbieri and Katia Ragusa – Liv Racing

Liv Racing has signed two new Italian riders for the next two seasons. Rachele Barbieri will return to road racing after being completely focused on track. Katia Ragusa wants to take the next step in her career with Liv Racing.

Rachele Barbieri won the bronze medal in the Omnium event at the European track cycling championships in Switzerland last week. She was also part of the Italian team that took silver in the team pursuit.

“A few years ago I put my road ambitions aside. Instead, I concentrated fully on my first Olympic Games. I feel it is now time to return to the road, at WorldTour level. I am very happy that Liv Racing believes in me. In the next two seasons I definitely want to repay that trust. Liv Racing is a perfect team for me. The riders always work as a unit with a strong tactical plan and the organisation is professional. I want to be part of that. Not unimportant: I already know Giorgia Bronzini, the new sports director, pretty well. I am convinced that my return to the road can be successful in this environment,” Barbieri said.

Katia Ragusa, the number two of the Italian road championship in 2020, is ambitious. Having already achieved some good results over the past few years, she now wants to make a name for herself for good. “I see opportunities at Liv Racing to grow and become a stronger, more complete rider. At first I will mainly play a role in supporting teammates. Eventually I hope to go for my own chances. In theory, especially the classics should suit me. There is good support and the team is developing strongly. I want to be part of that growth process. It will surely be a wonderful adventure.”

Photo credits: Cor Vos

— rik to livracing.com