Giro d'Italia Donne: Longo Borghini's all-or-nothing ride nearly pays off

Elisa Longo Borghini in second place on stage 7 at the Giro d'Italia Donne
Elisa Longo Borghini takes second place on stage 7 at the Giro d'Italia Donne (Image credit: Getty Images)

Trek-Segafredo might be out of contention for the overall title at the Giro d'Italia Donne, but the team are now launching an all-in battle for stage wins. Italian Champion Elisa Longo Borghini displayed her famous all-or-nothing racing style again on stage 7, only to come up one place short of a victory at Puegnago Del Garda.

“On arrivals like this, Marianne [Vos] is almost unbeatable, but you still have to try. My team made a great train up to the one-kilometre mark, I followed [Tiffany] Cromwell instinctively, then I heard Lizzie [Deignan] shout, ‘go’," Longo Borghini said after finishing behind Vos in a two-way uphill sprint 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.