Silke Smulders is the seventh signing for Liv Racing – Liv Racing

Liv Racing has welcomed its seventh new rider for 2022. From January 1 Silke Smulders will wear the jersey of the Dutch UCI WorldTeam, which will then continue under the name Liv Racing Xstra. With Giorgia Bronzini and Wim Stroetinga, the team also announced a new sports management team.

Smulders (20) is considered a great cycling talent in the Netherlands. This season she finished third in the youth classification of the Simac Ladies Tour and fifth in the youth classification of the Giro d’Italia Donne. These achievements were one of the reasons why Liv Racing’s sports management picked her up.

“Together with the team management I talked about my personal goals and the ambitions of the team. That conversation was very pleasant and relaxed. It reinforced the positive feeling I always had as an outsider with this team. Liv Racing looks modern and professional to the outside world. In addition, the offensive way of racing often appeals to the imagination. I am happy that I can be part of that from next season”, Smulders says.

“Last season I rode for the first time at the highest level. In the difficult races with gradients, I have always performed pretty well. I was often in the front group and now I want to slowly learn to ride finals. In addition, the spring classics should suit me in theory – I haven’t ridden them much so far. With this transfer to Liv Racing Xstra, a renewed training approach and the tactical insight and experience of Giorgia Bronzini and Wim Stroetinga I should be able to take the next step in my career.”

New and familiar faces
Liv Racing has already been reinforced by six other riders: Eva Buurman, Amber van der Hulst, Quinty Ton (Netherlands), Katia Ragusa, Rachele Barbieri (Italy) and Tereza Neumanova (Czech Republic). Six riders who were already part of the team in 2021 will also wear the purple Cuore outfit in 2022. They are: Jeanne Korevaar, Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands), Ayesha McGowan (United States), Alison Jackson (Canada), Marta Jaskulska (Poland) and Valerie Demey (Belgium).

Photo credits: Cor Vos

— rik to livracing.com

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Liv Racing becomes Liv Racing Xstra in 2022 – Liv Racing

Liv Racing has welcomed a new partner and shareholder in the name of Xstra Digital Storage. Next year the team will be known as Liv Racing Xstra. With this new partnership, the Dutch-based cycling team aims to enter the absolute top of women’s cycling.

Like the cycling team, Xstra is based in Oosterhout, the Netherlands. The internationally operating company is specialized in digital storage. It has been selling high-quality computer components and products for data storage for 25 years. Xstra has several European offices and serves customers throughout Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Xstra has enormous growth ambitions.

New business model
John Rasmussen, CEO of Xstra: “Everyone who knows me, knows that I have a great passion for cycling. In recent years, I have followed the rapid development of women’s cycling with great interest. With this partnership we not only put Xstra positively on the map, but we, as shareholders, together with the team management, also make an attempt to introduce a new financial structure into cycling. By creating broad financial support, we make the business model behind a cycling team healthier and future-proof.”

Developing and winning
Team manager Eric van den Boom is happy with the entry of partner Xstra. “We are one of the longest active teams in professional women’s cycling and in all those years we have made a great contribution to professionalizing our sport. With the new, additional partnership we build on our heritage and above all we are very much focused on the future. It is our goal to grow to the absolute world top, and to do so in our own, recognizable way that fits the past of our team. Developing cycling talents and being successful together in the most important races. That is what it is all about.”

Photo credits: Cor Vos/ Liv Racing Xstra

— rik to livracing.com