Giorgia Bronzini, 2011 World Champion in road racing, will join her teammates on the Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Women’s Pro Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light for Canada’s Tour de Gatineau, the TD Bank Philadelphia International Women’s Liberty Classic and other marquee events. Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Directeur Sportif Rachel Heal made the announcement.
“We are thrilled to have the world champion lining up with us,” said Heal. “Colavita/Forno D’Asolo is currently ranked #1 on USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar so the addition of a sprinter like Giorgia makes us unstoppable.”
Bronzini, a native of Piacenza, Italy, will make her debut at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Women’s Liberty Classic on June 5th where her Colavita/Forno D’Asolo teammate Theresa Cliff-Ryan finished on the podium in third last year. As Bronzini explains, “I came to Trexlertown, PA in 2001 for my junior championship but I’ve never raced the Philadelphia championship and I can’t wait.”
Bronzini started racing at 11, inspired by her father. Since turning pro eight years ago, Bronzini has achieved more than 60 victories in road racing and on the track. Before her victory at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships, Bronzini had won numerous stages in major European races, including the Giro Della Toscana Int. Femminile and Giro d’Italia Donne in her native Italy and the Route du France. In April, Bronzini sprinted to her third victory at Italy’s GP Liberazione, held on the day that commemorates the fall of Mussolini’s Fascist republic in 1945. Earlier this season, she took third in the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands and finished second in the first and third stages of the Ladies Tour of Qatar.
Bronzini holds gold medals on the track as well. She won the points race at the 2010 UCI World Cup and the 2009 World Championships. In March, Bronzini claimed the bronze medal in the 25km points race at the UCI World Championships in the Netherlands.
Bronzini’s trip will include her first visit to New Jersey where she will race the Tour of Somerville on May 30, the oldest major cycling event in the US. New Jersey is also home to Colavita/Forno D’Asolo’s title sponsor Colavita USA, importers and distributors of Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Perugina chocolates, and other Italian specialty products.
“We are very excited to host World Champion Giorgia Bronzini,” said John A. Profaci, Colavita’s Vice President of Marketing. “Colavita has been supporting women’s cycling here in the US for nearly 10 years and we’re proud that our squad now ranks among the best in the world.”
After the Tour of Somerville and the TD Bank Philadelphia International Women’s Liberty Classic, Bronzini and the Colavita/Forno D’Asolo squad will head north to Minnesota for the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The six-stage race begins June 15th in St. Paul, MN and concludes on June 19th in Stillwater, MN. Last year, Bronzini’s Colavita/Forno D’Asolo teammate NRC Champion Cath Cheatley finished in the top 10 overall. “We won the Joe Martin Stage Race earlier this month with just three riders,” said DS Heal. “With Giorgia on our squad, I’m confident that we will add Nature Valley to our roster of victories.”