Elisa Balsamo secures women's road race title at Italian Road Championships

Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) won her first elite women's road race title at the Italian Championships. The reigning World Champion won the sprint to take the title from runner-up Rachele Barbieri (Liv Racing Xstra) and third-placed Barbara Guarischi (Movistar Team).

The women raced a pan-flat route between Medolla and San Felice sul Panaro under warm 40 Celcius. The race was all together at the 60km mark indicating that the field looked all but set for a bunch sprint.

Defending champion Elisa Longo Borghini, who normally races for Trek-Segafredo, lined up in the Fiamme Oro-Polizia jersey for the national championships.

A group of three emerged with 40km to go that included Elena Pirrone (Fiamme Oro), Francesca Pisciali (Team Mendelspeck), Iris Monticello (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo). 

The trio gained just under a minute on the field led by teams Be Pink, Isolmant Premac Vittoria, Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria and Top Girls-Fassa Bortolo.

The field back together in the closing kilometres, Balsamo was fastest to the line taking her first elite women's road race title.

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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.

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