An Italian cyclist, Rossella Ratto used to be a member of the Cylance Pro Cycling Team. Even if the team is now defunct, Ratto stays in the limelight, joining and winning different road racing events. Keep on reading to know more about her personal life and professional career.
Ratto was born on October 20, 1993 in Moncalieri, Italy. Cycling runs in the blood of her family. Her brother, Daniele Ratto, is also a professional cyclist. He was most popular for his win during a rainy race at the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España in 2013. She is a graduate of nutrition and gastronomy and takes pride in being a foodie. This is one thing that is highly evident when you take a quick look at her social media pages.
Since 2008, Ratto has been winning different races, most of which are in Europe. Throughout her professional career, she has been a part of different cycling teams, which has been highly influential of who she is right now. One of the first events that gave her a gold medal was at the National Novice Road Championships where she won in 2009.
In 2012, she won 6th at the UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, a Dutch province. She won in the road race category.
In 2013, she joined the Hitec Products Team.
A year after, she moved to Estado de Mexico – Faren Kuota. During her time with the latter, she has won several events. She finished third at The Women’s Tour, first at The Women’s Tour Stage 2, and first at the Giro dell Emilia Internazionale Dona Elite.
In 2014, she won third overall at The Women’s Tour and first at Stage 2. In the same year, she took home the third-place win at the Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Sudtirol.
In 2015, she became a part of Team Inpa Sottoli Bianchi Giusfredi. After which, she became a member of the inaugural team of Cylance Pro Cycling. The latter is an professional cycling team in the United States.
When Cylance Pro dissolved in 2018, Ratto moved to BTC City Ljubljana the following year. In 2020, she signed up with the Chevalmeire Cycling Team, and in 2021, she became a part of Bingoal – Casino Chevalmeire Cycling Team, which is based in Belgium.
One of her most memorable performances in a race was at Friends of Life Women’s Tour. In the event, she outperformed Suzana Borzi. When asked about what inspired her during the race, Ratto mentioned the tour victory of his brother. His victory at the Grand Tour also happened on a rainy day, which is similar to what Ratto experienced in Bedford. While Ratto was happy with her victory, it was bittersweet because she has beaten he roommate whom she has raced with throughout their career.
Rossellia Ratto is a decorated cyclist with victories in different prestigious tournaments. Through the years, she has joined teams from different countries, including Italy, United States, and Belgium.