Barbara Guarischi and Elena Cecchini provide Italian input at Team SD Worx

Barbara Guarischi and Elena Cecchini provide Italian input at Team SD Worx


Team SD Worx has two Italian riders within the selection for next season. Barbara Guarischi is new to the team, while Elena Cecchini has extended her contract for 2023. 

Elena Cecchini (30) grew into a real team player within the team over the past two years. "She is a constant value in the team and has developed into a real race captain," sports manager Danny Stam indicated. "Apart from being a good rider, she is also a fine person. An atmosphere creator, who also takes responsibility towards the younger riders. Elena teaches them the trade on and off the bike."

"I did not have to think long when Team SD Worx offered me a new contract," says Elena Cecchini. "I'm having a good time in the team and have set another step in the past year. I have found my role within the team. When I ride in service of the other girls it is greatly appreciated. I am also happy with the arrival of Barbara Guarischi, a second Italian rider. Surely that also gives extra motivation."

Barbara Guarischi (32) is new to Team SD Worx and signed a contract until 2024 with the Dutch team. The 32-year-old Italian competed for Movistar, Team Virtu and Canyon/SRAM, among others, in recent years. "With the arrival of Lorena Wiebes, we were looking for reinforcements to prepare the sprint," Stam stressed. "We never had a real sprint train, but now a lead-out train for Lorena is necessary. With Elena Cecchini, Christine Majerus, Lonneke Uneken and Barbara Guarischi, we have riders who are suitable for this. Barbara is an experienced rider who knows how to choose position in a sprint. She is going to play an important role in that sprint train." 

Guarischi calls it a dream to ride for the best team in the world: "I was already honoured when I heard through Elena that the team was interested in me. Although I have been in the peloton for years, I see this as a new chapter in my career. It's a switch I didn't expect anymore. I am also looking forward to working with Lorena Wiebes. I am hugely motivated to take on this adventure."

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