Giro Rosa: Elisa Longo Borghini ready to throw the hands up in victory

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

This has turned out to be a year where Italians could do with a good reason to smile, and Elisa Longo Borghini wants to give them one.

The Italian rider has long been the nation’s greatest hope at the Giro Rosa, the marque stage race on the women’s calendar, which this year will wind its way around the streets of central and southern Italy. The climbing filled nine-day race is set to start on September 11 after being rescheduled from its normal mid-year time slot after the global COVID-19 pandemic -- which hit Italy hard and early -- put a halt to racing. 

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.