Longo Borghini and Brand: The leader and lieutenant at the Giro d'Italia Donne

Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda
Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda (Image credit: Getty Images)

Trek-Segafredo will be one of the strongest teams on paper when the Giro d'Italia Donne opens with a team time trial from Fossano to Cuneo on Friday. The squad will be racing for leader Elisa Longo Borghini and her lieutenant Lucinda Brand, a tough-to-beat duo as they pursue the maglia rosa.

"I approach the Giro with great calm," said Longo Borghini, who recently defended her title at the Italian Road Championships. "I feel good and happy to be back in the race with my team. It will be the last step of the long road to Tokyo, but for sure, it's not just a transit race to the Olympics. It's a very important event in my season, regardless. I'm here to do well, the best I can and, of course, to honour my Tricolore jersey in my own country."

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Kirsten Frattini
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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.