Elisa Balsamo: The rise of a World Champion

ROUBAIX FRANCE OCTOBER 02 Elisa Balsamo of Italy and Team Valcar Travel Service World Champion Jersey prepares for the race prior to the 1st ParisRoubaix 2021 Womens Elite a 1164km race from Denain to Roubaix ParisRoubaixFemmes ParisRoubaix on October 02 2021 in Roubaix France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Elisa Balsamo racing for Valcar-Travel & Service in 2021 before switching over to Trek-Segafredo for the 2022 season (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

World Champion Elisa Balsamo plans to make the most of her year in the rainbow jersey – aiming for significant targets at the Spring Classics, Giro d’Italia Donne and Tour de France Femmes in 2022 – but before the season begins the newest member of Trek-Segafredo looks back on her pathway to the top of one of the world’s toughest sports. 

At just 23 years old, the powerful sprinter has only been racing on the professional cycling circuit for five seasons. Balsamo attributes much of her growth and success to the Italian-based Continental team Valcar-Travel & Service.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

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.