'No moments to relax' for constant contender Elisa Longo Borghini at 13th Giro d'Italia Women

JEBEL HAFEET UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 10 Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team LidlTrek crosses the finish line during the 2nd UAE Tour 2024 Stage 3 a 128km stage from Police Museum Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet 1031m UCIWWT on February 10 2024 in Jebel Hafeet United Arab Emirates Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) (Image credit: Getty Images)

There have been plenty of changes at the Giro d’Italia Women through recent years but Elisa Longo Borghini performing among the top overall riders has been a constant. The five-time Italian champion will be lining up at the home Grand Tour for a 13th time on Sunday, with a third trip to the overall podium within her sights.

There are a number of big races ahead for the 32-year-old in the coming weeks but the pursuit of pink looms large for the Lidl-Trek rider who first lined up at her home Grand Tour as a 19-year-old. She was the youngest in the race then but that didn’t stop the rider who lined up with Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Ghezzi for her debut edition finding her way straight into the top 20. The next year Longo Borghini moved into the top 10, which she has rarely been out of since. 

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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.