Pro Bike: Elisa Balsamo's world champion edition Trek Emonda SLR

Elisa Balsamo's world-champs edition Trek Emonda SLR
(Image credit: Trek Segafredo)

Elisa Balsamo had already signed with Trek-Segafredo before she outsprinted Marianne Vos to win the 2021 Road World Championships. That victory on the streets of Leuven, Belgium in September, was proof of the Italian's talent that had been evident throughout the year, but she described it as "revenge" for what she saw as a disappointing season after returning from the Tokyo Olympics empty-handed. 

Now with her new team, Balsamo joins an established group of Classics specialists, and despite being the world champion, she certainly won't be the team's sole leader. Her fast finish will complement the existing sprinting talents of Chloe Hosking and give the team yet another card to play alongside the longer-range abilities of Elisa Longo Borghini, Lizzie Deignan and Ellen van Dijk

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.