Longo Borghini: I was rock climbing up the last climb

Elisa Longo Borghini after stage 7 of the Tour de France Femmes
Elisa Longo Borghini after stage 7 of the Tour de France Femmes (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) was caught out in no man's land for more than 100km in a fight to hold onto third place but was caught by the chase group and finished seventh at nearly seven minutes behind stage winner Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar). She was forced to give up her aspirations for a podium at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

"I'm completely exhausted. I've been alone for a really long time. For me, what really killed me was the valley and I gave it my best, and that's it. In the end, if you did your best that's all you can do. I really gave it my best," Longo Borghini said at the finish line in Le Markstein.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

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.