Jelena Eric and Barbara Guarischi sign contracts with Movistar
Aug 09 2019 08:19 pm CET

Jelena Eric and Barbara Guarischi sign contracts with Movistar
Jelena Eric and Barbara Guarischi sign contracts with Movistar
Photo by Movistar Team

Movistar team has confirmed the signings of Jelena Eric and Barbara Guarischi, becoming the first two new additions for the squad for 2020.

Eric signed a two-year deal with the Spanish team after one year in Ale Cipollini. The Serbian National champion has an impressive palmares that includes four National titles in the road and time trial, one stage victory at the BeNe Ladies Tour and top-five places in the Tour of Guangxi, the Grand Prix de Dottignies and in stages at the Vuelta a Burgos and the Vuelta Internacional Femenina a Costa Rica.

"Eric is already a world-class domestique for all kinds of races, yet she’s got potential to reach even further," said Movistar's manager Sebastian Unzue. "Aged just 23, with huge room for improvement and good sprinting abilities -we’ve already seen at the BeNe Ladies Tour she knows how to finish off a break-, her signing is a major improvement for the team in all areas, and offers us a stronger chance to contest victories at many events."

Guarischi makes the move from Virtu Cycling and will bring the experience she has gathered in eleven years riding in UCI events. The palmares of the Italian includes a stage victories in the Giro Rosa and the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour and wins at the Trophee d'Or, the Route de France and the Sparkassen Giro.

"Guarischi is already a veteran, despite being just 28," Unzue explained. "She’s raced for many different organisations, knows the peloton well and has taken part in all the big races in the WorldTour, which will be a boost of experience for our roster.

"She’ll be an important asset to us in the classics, and we’re also confident she’ll be able to get her speed back and contest some sprints during the season. With Barbara, we aim to have a ‘sports director on the bike’, a woman who helps us find a good position in the bunch and tackle different race situations with intelligence and skill."




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