Elisa Longo Borghini delivers race animating near miss at Gent-Wevelgem

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) in the Women's WorldTour leader jersey and Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing) out the front at Gent-Wevelgem 2021
Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing) out the front at Gent-Wevelgem (Image credit: Getty Images)

It's been a strong start to the 2021 season for Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). The runner-up place in the Strade Bianche at the beginning of March was followed two weeks later by a spectacular solo victory in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, also putting the Italian champion in the lead of the UCI Women’s WorldTour.

Wearing the purple jersey of the series leader, she again made her mark on the race in Gent-Wevelgem. After her Trofeo Binda victory, Longo Borghini had said that “if there is an option to attack, I will always choose to attack” and she was certainly true to her word in the West-Flemish classic, attacking from a small group 20 kilometres from the finish. The 29 year old was accompanied by fellow Italian Soraya Paladin (Liv Racing) and it was a move they almost drove to the line.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.