Rossella Ratto was born on October 20, 1993 in Moncalieri near Turin,
Italy. Like her brothers who are professional cyclists, she decided to
become a cyclist when she was a child. At the age of five Rossella was
used to spending all the days a lot of time in
on her bike and during important cycling competitions such as “Tour de
France” and “Giro d’Italia” she loved to watch them on TV.
She won her first competition, which was an a mountain bike, and then
she started her adventure on road. Enjoying herself a lot both during
competitions and trainings, she made progresses and she managed to also
win male competitions. In 2006 she took part in her first national
championship at which she won the bronze medal and at the end of the
season she collected twelve victories.
The following year she won fourteen times and she obtained the silver
medal in the national road championship. In 2008 although Rossella
changed category she got very good results: thirteen victories of which
the most important is the “Coppa Rosa”, a traditional and prestigious
national race for young cyclists of 15 and 16 years old, the silver in
the time trial national championship and the bronze in the road national
championship. After a lot of medals in the national championships, in
2009 at last she won her first tricolour jersey with the time trial
competition in the city of Imola and she wrote for the second times her
name on the roll of honor of the “Coppa Rosa”. In 2010 she changed
category and became a juniors.
She took part in her first internationals competitions. She obtained
two bronze medals in the time trial and in the road national
championships. She entered in the roster of the Italian national team
and went up to the third step of the European podium in Ankara (Turkey)
and won the silver medal in the road world championship in Offida
(Italy). In the end, she won the last race of the 2010 season leading
the pack in the final sprint, in San Secondo Parmense, Italy.