Heartbreak for Longo Borghini as Strade Bianche victory slips away in Siena

Elisa longo Borghini finished second at Strade Bianche
Elisa longo Borghini finished second at Strade Bianche (Image credit: Getty Images)

Watching the tri-colour jersey of the Italian Champion racing into the Piazzo del Campo in Siena with the victory at Strade Bianche would have been a special sight. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) was in that position as part of a two-up breakaway in the closing kilometres of the Women's WorldTour event on Saturday. She said that she believed she could win right up until the very end when her rival Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) attacked and stormed across the finish line first, forcing her to settle for second place. 

"When I saw Chantal not doing a turn with me I knew that she would probably win the race, but I still believed in it until the end," said Longo Borghini, who won the 2017 edition of Strade Bianche. 

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.