Silke Smulders steps up to Women's WorldTeam with Liv Racing

CASCATE DEL TOCE ITALY JULY 05 Silke Smulders of Netherlands and Team Lotto Soudal Ladies during the 32nd Giro dItalia Internazionale Femminile 2021 Stage 4 a 112km Individual Time Trial from Fondovalle to Cascate Del Toce 1714m ITT GiroDonne UCIWWT on July 05 2021 in Cascate Del Toce Italy Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Silke Smulders (Image credit: Getty Images)

Liv Racing have announced their seventh signing adding 20-year-old Dutch talent Silke Smulders to their roster for 2022. The team will also change names to become Liv Racing Xstra with the addition of Xstra Digital Storage as a co-title sponsor.

“Together with the team management I talked about my personal goals and the ambitions of the team. That conversation was very pleasant and relaxed. It reinforced the positive feeling I always had as an outsider with this team," Smulders said.

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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.