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 cycling wear 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.