Our sport project was born in 2009 when Angelo Citracca, team manager of the team with the headquarters on the top of San Baronto hill, decided to bring one of the most winning Under 23 team in the category Professional. Eight long years full of joy and pain but with many emotions, same feelings that brought back in the peloton two historical italian brands, Wilier Triestina and Selle Italia, that became leaders in the world.
112 years of history for Wilier Triestina, 121 for Selle Italia, two anniversaries to don’t forget as unforgettable was our participation to the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia with the team involved for the 8th time in these last 9 years to show the importance of a project that every year works with the young talents of italian and international cycling.
The results are getting better year after year and that’s how the team managed to win for two times in the last four years the Italian Cup achieving most victories than any other italian team in the last 48 months.
In 2017 the team has won 18 races with 3 different riders. Between all the victories on the road there were also big satisfactions from Liam Bertazzo that has won a bronze medal in the Track World Championships in Hong Kong, achieving a new italian record. As a Professional team a great result was the wildcard for 3 of the 5 Monuments Classics of the World Tour calendar.
In 2018 we will face new challenges with a roster that will be leaded by two symbolic men of the italian cycling, Filippo Pozzato and Jakub Mareczko.
“Pippo” has an unbelievable palmares for the italian riders in activity with 27 wins in career including a Milan – Sanremo, two stages at the Tour de France, one stage at the Giro d’Italia, the general classification of a Tirreno – Adriatico and one edition of the National Championships. “Kuba” has won 39 races all around the world in three seasons, an impressive streak of results that has convinced the coach of the Under 23 Selection Marino Amadori to give him the leadership at the World Championships of Doha 2016 where Mareczko was able to end in the podium achieving the only male medal for Italy.
At Doha there was also Filippo Pozzato, one of the last true rockstars of cycling. In 2016 at Milano – Sanremo he confirmed to be an icon of glamour in the world of cycling as he had great attention by the belgian tv Sporza that dedicated to him a two days interview where Pippo was followed by the cameras during the training, the massage sessions and just before and after the race. In Belgium, country of cycling, Pozzato is the second most popular and supported cyclist after Tom Boonen and his popularity is huge also during the Giro d’Italia where journalists and fans are always near him because of his open character.
We will need them and all the team to live another great season to bring Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia in the universe of the best teams in the world