Balsamo, Longo Borghini, Cavalli confirmed for Giro d’Italia Donne

World Champion Elisa Balsamo and Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini
World Champion Elisa Balsamo and Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini (Image credit: Getty Images)

Elisa Balsamo, Marta Cavalli and Elisa Longo Borghini, three of the biggest Italian stars in women’s cycling, will participate in this year’s Giro d’Italia Donne, race organisers confirmed.

This Italian contingent of the peloton have enjoyed an exceptional start to the season, winning two-thirds of the Women’s WorldTour races between them. World Champion Balsamo won Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Brugge-De Panne and Gent-Wevelgem in a delirious week in March. Her Trek-Segafredo teammate and Italian chaampion Elisa Longo Borghini conquered the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) took victories in Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne.

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Issy Ronald has just graduated from the London School of Economics where she studied for an undergraduate and masters degree in History and International Relations. Since doing an internship at Procycling magazine, she has written reports for races like the Tour of Britain, Bretagne Classic and World Championships, as well as news items, recaps of the general classification at the Grand Tours and some features for Cyclingnews. Away from cycling, she enjoys reading, attempting to bake, going to the theatre and watching a probably unhealthy amount of live sport.