CCC-Liv arranged for a surprise on Monday at the training camp in Denia (Spain). During the media meeting, Sofia Bertizzolo (22) was added as fifteenth and last rider to the selection. In 2020, CCC-Liv will be part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, the new top league in women’s cycling.
“I am extremely happy with this transfer and also grateful to CCC-Liv, as the team has always shown an interest in me. This team is a good choice for me, because I can take the next step in my career with them. The team is very experienced and has built a solid organisation with people who have been involved with the team for a long time, also having generated many champions over the years. I am happy to work with top riders like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Marianne Vos and to be able to learn from them. In any case, I hope to have a strong season in the spring and I am convinced that the team can help me to tactically race in a smart manner”, says Sofia Bertizzolo.
Versatile top talent
“We have had Sofia on our radar for a long time and are happy that we managed to reach an agreement at the last minute. Already in 2018, by winning the youth ranking in the Women’s WorldTour, she has shown that she is a rising talent. This year she was in the leading group in the Tour of Flanders and she nicely finished fourth. She can perfectly manage climbs and moreover she has a strong sprint in her legs, having proven this in the opening stage of the Emakumeen Bira earlier in the year, among other things. With Sofia we get a versatile rider and we can be even more dominant in 2020”, says CCC-Liv's general manager and team owner Eric van den Boom.
With the arrival of the Italian Sofia Bertizzolo, the selection of CCC-Liv for 2020 is complete. Earlier, Aurela Nerlo (Poland), Marta Jaskulska (Poland) and Soraya Paladin (Italy) placed their signature on a contract. All riders who raced for the team in 2019 will stay the next season. “We have become stronger across the board and, moreover, the team now has even more qualities. We would like to take advantage of this, starting in the spring. For classics such as the Strade Bianche, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, we are holding several cards”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
- Sofia Bertizzolo (Italy)
- Valerie Demey (Belgium)
- Inge van der Heijden (the Netherlands)
- Marta Jaskulska (Poland)
- Jeanne Korevaar (the Netherlands)
- Evy Kuijpers (the Netherlands)
- Aurela Nerlo (Poland)
- Marta Lach (Poland)
- Riejanne Markus (the Netherlands)
- Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South-Africa)
- Soraya Paladin (Italy)
- Pauliena Rooijakkers (the Netherlands)
- Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)
- Sabrina Stultiens (the Netherlands)
- Marianne Vos (the Netherlands)
Photo credits: Cor Vos