Cylance Pro Cycling won three medals at the UCI Track World Championships with Rachele Barbieri (ITA) being crowned a World Champion and Kirsten Wild (NED) winning a silver and a bronze medal. The UCI Track World Championships took place in Hong Kong as the riders represented their individual countries on their national teams in multiple events.
After finding success on the road with Cylance Pro Cycling, Barbieri and Wild began their focused training in preparation for the World Championships by attending World Cup track races around the world. Riding multiple disciplines can be challenging, but Cylance Pro Cycling believes in supporting the riders’ individual goals throughout the year.
Rachele Barbieri is Scratch Race World Champion
The first rainbow jersey that was awarded at the World Championships was extra special to Cylance Pro Cycling, as it was won by Barbieri. A breakaway of six riders was formed in the 10 kilometer Women’s Scratch Race, including Barbieri. Barbieri launched her sprint in the final lap to take the win, and her first World Championship!
“I’ve always tried to give and aim for the best result possible but I never thought of being able to grab this wonderful World Title! I have always wanted to wear the rainbow jersey and we finally made it!” exclaims a joyous Barbieri. “It’s a heavy jersey, important, incredible, but will not be the jersey of my arrival! It’s from here that I want to start, I hope it is just the beginning of many great results! Thank you so much to my team, Cylance Pro Cycling and to my sport director, Manel Lacambra, who believed in me and allowed me to do with confidence the preparation and track commitments.”
Kirsten Wild Silver in Omnium Race and Bronze in Points Race
Excited by her teammate’s early success, Wild congratulated the “bambino” for her rainbow jersey and then set off on a mission to win medals. Wild competed in the four events of the Women's Omnium, which includes the Scratch Race, Tempo Race, Elimination, and the Points. Wild was sitting in third place going into the final event, the Points Race, and through her tenacity in the sprint finish, Wild captured the silver medal overall.
Wild then lined up to compete in the Women’s Points Race, where she kept a consistent sprint to finish with a bronze medal. Wild says she is happy with her performances and her new hardware at the World Championships.
“I had hoped to home with a gold medal, but now I am happy with two medals. I am happy Cylance Pro Cycling gave me the opportunity to go for my goals and have really good preparation. Now I am looking forward to the rest of the road season with some really nice road races!” says Wild.
Showing their form early on the road, Wild won two stages at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under with Barbieri finishing just right behind her in second place. In 2016, Wild was the Scratch Race World Champion, and in 2017, she can pass the rainbow jersey to her younger teammate, Barbieri, who won the World Championships in a decisive sprint. Barbieri is just 20 years old and has been developing with the experience and mentorship on Cylance Pro Cycling. The team has nicknamed Barbieri the “bambino” because of her youth, but she is continuing to show that she will be a major force in women’s cycling for years to come.
Barbieri and Wild are looking forward to getting back to the the road season with the rest of their teammates who are set to take on the Ardennes Week and the Tour of the Gila.
Alison Tetrick to Represent USA at Pan American Championships
Alison Tetrick (USA) was recently selected to represent the USA at the Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic. She will race the road race with the USA National Team on May 5th. Tetrick will be racing the Tour of the Gila prior to the Pan Ams which will be excellent preparation to represent her country and team.
With incredible results, Cylance Pro Cycling proved that we are home to some of the best riders in the world. Follow along the team as they #bringthegreen from Silver City, New Mexico to Belgium this weeks!