Transfer Mechanics: Sarah Gigante’s transition from pursuer to pursued

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: at the Women's Trek Stage 4 Victoria Park of the Santos Festival of Cycling on January 24, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Peter Mundy/Getty Images)
Sarah Gigante (Team Garmin-Australia) finishing off the 2021 Santos Festival of Cycling with overall victory and two stage wins (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Nearly three years ago Sarah Gigante delivered an astonishing victory, upsetting the seasoned professionals to take out the elite Australian road race title in her first foray out of the junior ranks. The 18-year-old now had a win that many professional cyclists spend their careers dreaming of, but what she didn’t have was a firm pathway so that she could become one herself.

The Australian development squads for aspiring road racers, which delivered chunks of overseas competition, had become a thing of the past with the high performance focus for developing talent having become track-centric. That meant for young riders from the far flung nation to gain a foothold in the world of professional cycling it became ever more crucial to find a spot on an International team to gain exposure in Europe.

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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.