'The worst is over' - No predictions on racing return as Elisa Balsamo continues recovery from serious crash

Elisa Balsamo
Elisa Balsamo (Image credit: Getty Images)

Elisa Balsamo is uncertain when she will be able to return to racing as she continues her recovery from the injuries she sustained in a high-speed crash two weeks ago at the La Vuelta a Burgos Féminas, but confirmed that worst of it is over.

The former World Champion went into this season with targets in both the road race and track events at the Olympic Games and said that she is still hoping to join the Italian National Team in these events in late July and early August.

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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.