After a success on the velodrome, Rachele Barbieri turns to the road again, signing a two-year contract for Liv Racing which will take her until 2023. She raced for the last time on the road with Bepink, an Italian team, in 2019.
“A few years ago, I put my ambitions aside,” she said in a press release, “instead, I focused fully on my first Olympics. feel that now is the time to hit the road again, at WorldTour level. I am very happy that Liv Racing believes in me. Over the next two seasons, I really want to restore that confidence. Liv Racing is a perfect team for me .
On the track, Barbieri won a gold medal in the Scratch Race at the 2017 World Championships, beating a strong field of riders such as Elinor Barker, Jolien D’hoore and Sarah Hammer. She was also crowned twice European U23 Champion in Scratch Race.
Most recently, Barbieri won a bronze in the Open and a silver in the team pursuit at the European Track Cycling Championships last week. The combination of different attributes used in each of these disciplines – a strong sprint in the scratch race, endurance in the team pursuit and an understanding of group dynamics in the Open – should translate well on the road.
Recently, road racing has been rare for Barbieri due to her track commitments, but she has shown her potential in her only race in the discipline this season, finishing second on Stage 3 of the Baloise Ladies Tour. She has also already competed with the high level women’s road teams Cylance, Wiggle High5 then Bepink.
At Liv Racing, she will have the opportunity to fully immerse herself in the road racing scene where she will join the team’s new sports director, Giorgia Bronzini.
“The riders always work as a unit with a solid tactical plan and the organization is professional,” said Barbieri. “I want to be part of it. I already know Giorgia Bronzini, the new sports director, quite well. I am convinced that my return to the road can be successful in this environment.