Preparations for the 2022 season are well underway
Preparations are well underway for the 2022 season at the CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling team camp with riders and staff joining together in Tuscany for two and a half weeks of base training, bike fitting, photo shoots, team bonding as well as meeting our partners.
The finalised roster is made up of 16 riders from 9 different nations: Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Mexico, Spain, France, and Great Britain, which reflects countries where CERATIZIT has subsidiaries.
6 riders have re-signed after a successful 2021 campaign which included podiums at the Tour of Flanders and Gent – Wevelgem, whilst Maria Giulia Confalonieri makes up the 7th returning rider who already has a contract through to 2022. Lin Teutenberg goes into her fifth season with the team, whilst domestique Lara Vieceli, Olympic, European and World Champion’s Lisa Brennauer and Franziska Brausse as well as former French U23 road race champion, Laura Asencio all return for their fourth season, the latter two signing until 2024, whilst former Polish Champion Marta Lach returns for her second season.
We’re delighted to welcome 9 riders to the team, World Scratch race champion Martina Fidanza from Italy joins for two years, along with Austrian road race champion Kathrin Schweinberger, Mexican road race champion Lizbeth Yareli Salazar and rising star Camilla Alessio of Italy.
Straight out of the junior ranks, 18-year-old Lana Eberle from Germany joins on a one-year contract together with Hanna Nilsson of Sweden and Clea Seidel who will additionally have a focus on cyclo-cross and gravel races.
Olympic Madison Champion, Katie Archibald joins until the end of 2024 with her targets marked out with aims of gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2022, gold at the Glasgow World Championships in 2023 and gold at the Olympics in Paris. Alongside Katie is 23-year-old Setmana Ciclista Valenciana stage winner Sandra Alonso from Spain, with the aforementioned Asencio and Brausse making it four riders signing through to 2024.
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Dirk Baldinger, who joined the team in 2018 as sports director, remains at the helm until the end of 2024 and has recruited Steven Sergeant and Steffen Radochla as additional sports directors, the latter joining from Bora – hansgrohe after six years with the men’s World Tour outfit.
“We have built a strong mix of riders from those starting out their professional careers to those who have a vast amount of experience, whilst also wanting to help riders reach their goals and aims over the next few years whether that be on the road, track or off-road. We want to support and ensure the riders are able to do that and be in the best environment to achieve”, said Dirk Baldinger.
World Champion, Martina Fidanza added “I’m proud to be a part of the CERATIZIT WNT team for the next two seasons. I am sure it will help me gain experience and improve further with a target in the track races and my big dream, Paris 2024.”
- Lisa Brennauer, Germany – 2022
- Lara Vieceli, Italy – 2022
- Lin Teutenberg, Germany – 2022
- Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Italy – 2022
- Marta Lach, Poland – 2022
- Lana Eberle, Germany – 2022
- Clea Seidel, Germany – 2022
- Hanna Nilsson, Sweden – 2022
- Martina Fidanza, Italy – 2022 & 2023
- Camilla Alessio, Italy – 2022 & 2023
- Kathrin Schweinberger, Austria – 2022 & 2023
- Lizbeth Yareli Salazar, Mexico – 2022 & 2023
- Laura Asencio, France – 2022, 2023 & 2024
- Franziska Brausse, Germany – 2022, 2023 & 2024
- Katie Archibald, Great Britain – 2022, 2023 & 2024
- Sandra Alonso, Spain – 2022, 2023 & 2024