Elisa Balsamo: Worlds victory is my revenge for the season

Elisa Balsamo celebrates winning the rainbow jersey at the UCI World Championships
Elisa Balsamo celebrates winning the rainbow jersey at the UCI World Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Elisa Balsamo called her road race victory at the World Championships in Flanders "revenge" for a season geared around an Olympics track campaign where she missed out on a medal in Tokyo.

The Italian was – in her own words – a surprise winner at the end of a week which saw much of the commentary centre around Belgium's Lotte Kopecky and the Netherlands' Marianne Vos. Balsamo outsprinted the latter in the closing metres of the 157.7-kilometre race following a stellar lead-out from teammate Elisa Longo Borghini.

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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix