Following a very successful Giro d’Italia in which the team won two stages, the best team award, and took home the Maglia Ciclamino points jersey, Team Bahrain Victorious is delighted to announce the signing of 21-year-old Antonio Tiberi.
Born in Frosinone, Lazio, Tiberi has signed with the team until the end of the 2025 season, and is excited to start competing alongside his new teammates:
“I’m delighted to start a new chapter in my career with Team Bahrain Victorious from both a performance aspect and a human perspective. Looking from the outside, it has always seemed like a well-organized and solid team, so I didn’t hesitate when I received the offer. I already know some Italian staff members and riders, and everybody in the group has welcomed me warmly. With the help of this team, I will demonstrate that I learnt from the mistake made in the past.”
“I started my 2023 season well, but after an enforced stop, maybe I will suffer a bit in picking up the pace. I want to come back racing so badly, so I’m training at altitude to prepare for my return on Swiss roads next week. It’s a great challenge, and I want to repay the confidence of the people who gave me this opportunity in the best possible way. It will be a path that will help me be a better cyclist and a better man.”
The Italian won the junior men’s World Championship Time Trial in Harrogate, England in 2019, and confirmed his promise the following season.
As well as impressing in the ‘baby Giro’, he took victory at the Trofeo Città di San Vendemiano with a 55 second solo break on a flat parcours. Add to that the King of the Mountains jersey at the Giro della Lunigiana, and it is clear why Tiberi has been touted as one of the most promising GC riders of his generation.
Milan Erzen, Managing Director & Team Principal, said of the news,
“Antonio joining the team is a really positive move, both for us and for him. He is a super-talented kid who we believe will thrive in this environment, where we want to ride not only to win, but also to inspire the next generation.
He is clearly a talented rider, and can achieve great things in the sport, but just as important for us is his personal growth and education. Antonio has made some mistakes, but he realises that, and our focus on discipline, character building & guidance will help him on a path to long-term success both on and off the bike.”
Tiberi’s opportunities this season have been limited, but he did finish 3rd in the Youth Classification at the UAE Tour in February, and he will first don the Bahrain jersey at the 59th Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau in Gippingen on June 9th.