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

Team BikeExchange look to develop talent in Singapore, signing Chelsie Tan Wei Shi for the 2022 season  – Team BikeExchange

Team BikeExchange is pleased to announce their continued effort in finding and developing international talent, with the signing of Singaporean rider Chelsie Tan Wei Shi for the 2022 season.
The 31-year-old rider has shown a lot of potential, having won multiple Singapore Championship titles despite her late inception to the sport, having only started racing in 2018.
Tan Wei Shi is hoping that this special opportunity to step up into a WorldTour team and race internationally will help continue her rapid development as a professional cyclist, as well as helping to gain maximum exposure for the sport in Singapore.
Brent Copeland, General Manager on Tan Wei Shi:
“We are glad to have Chelsie with us for 2022 season. GreenEDGE Cycling has always looked to support the development of new riders from new countries and regions, and now working with the Singapore Cycling Federation, in collaboration with Shayne Bannan, we can be satisfied in having found a strong rider such as Chelsie for the upcoming year.
This is going to be her first season in the Women’s WorldTour peloton; therefore, it’s going to be a big learning process for her, and we will support her in the best way possible to help her develop her skills.”
Dr Hing Siong Chen, President Singapore Cycling Federation on Tan Wei Shi:
“This is a fantastic cycling and life experience opportunity for Chelsie. We are looking forward to watching her progression as the first Singaporean Female in the Women’s WorldTour.
It’s going to be exciting seeing her develop her skills with one of the best teams in the peloton. We do hope that thanks to her experience, many other local athletes will be inspired to reach important targets in cycling and sport.”
Chelsie Tan Wei Shi:
 “I am really excited and humbled to have this incredible opportunity to be part of Team BikeExchange. For me, Team BikeExchange embodies everything that a good team should be, some outstanding individual talents, combined with a focused team and everyone working together to improve.
I want to integrate quickly into the team and contribute from day one. I am excited and motivated by the fact that I will be racing regularly again. The COVID-19 situation in this part of the world has meant many races have been cancelled, so to race, and at WorldTour level, is going to be amazing!
I would like to thank my coach and the team at Singapore Cycling Federation for helping me to get to this point in my career. I am determined to make all of you proud.”
Chelsie Tan Wei Shi
Date of birth: 17th January 1990 (31)
Nationality: Singaporean
Joins Team BikeExchange: 2022
New Contract: 2022
Top Results:
1st 2021 & 2019 & 2018 Singapore Team Time Trial Championships
1st 2021 Tour of Phuket
1st 2019 National Road Race Championships
2nd 2021 Singapore Individual Time Trial Championships
2nd 2x 2021 Cyclosport Jungle Cross II
3rd 2019 National Individual Time Trial Championships

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com