Sarah Gigante steps onto European stage

Sarah Gigante (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank)
Sarah Gigante (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) at the Australian Road Nationals in 2021 (Image credit: Con Chronis)

Sarah Gigante (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) has already spent years upsetting the race plans of Australia’s top professionals when they return home and now one of the nation's most promising young riders is stepping on to the world stage. The two-time Australian time-trial champion starts her first solid season of international racing this year, making her 2021 European debut on Sunday at Women's WorldTour race Trofeo Alfredo Binda.

The excited anticipation of just what Gigante has the potential to deliver once she becomes entrenched in the world’s top echelon has been growing since the Brunswick Cycling Club member delivered the clean sweep of the U19 titles at the Australian Road Championships and then the next year won the elite road race title in her first year out of the junior ranks. Though the level-headed 20-year-old rider isn’t letting herself get caught up in that, knowing all too well how difficult the switch to European racing can initially be after she started her short stint with a DNF last year and finished the next two races well away from that familiar position at the front of the field.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.