Sarah Gigante: From howls of pain and disappointment to an Olympics dream

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: at the Women's Be Safe Be Seen Stage 3 McLaren Vale to Willunga of the Santos Festival of Cycling on January 23, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Peter Mundy/Getty Images)
Sarah Gigante winning stage 3 of the Santos Festival of Cycling in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Just three months ago Sarah Gigante was sitting in the team car having abandoned La Flèche Wallonne after a horrible crash and her howls of pain when the bumps on the road aggravated her three breaks were punctuated by sobs of disappointment. This race was a last chance to lay a claim for selection in the Australian team for the Tokyo Olympic Games and Gigante now thought that dream had been smashed to pieces, just like her collarbone, elbow and fibula.

It wasn’t too long, however, before the sobs turned to shouts of joy.

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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.