Elisa Balsamo All Set To Defend Her Title At The UCI Road World Championships

The Trek-Segafredo rider has had an outstanding season so far but will she be able to defend her rainbow jersey or will the jersey change hands?
Elisa Balsamo

Elisa Balsamo has performed exceptionally well in the racing season of 2022. Her final victory at the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta marks the end of her first season at Trek-Segafredo. Talking about her victory, The World Champion said:

I really wanted to win today, the last day of this incredible season in the rainbow jersey. I won the first race, in February, at the Setmana Valenciana, and with today’s win, it’s like I’m closing a circle. Today is a special day, full of emotions. Madrid was a crazy setting

Balsamo was the strongest in her sprint against Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) and Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ). With the Ceratizit Challenge done and dusted, Balsamo is now headed to the 2022 UCI Road World Championships to defend her rainbow jersey. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At just 24 years of age, Balsamo has contributed highly to the success of Women’s cycling in Italy. She began her career in 2017 with the team Valcar PBM and switched to Trek – Segafredo in 2022. Her most notable win is the World Championships WE – Road Race (2021) where she won the rainbow jersey. Balsamo will be representing Italy with the likes of Filippo Ganna, Matteo Sobrero, Elena Cecchini, Edoardo Affini, and Vittoria Guazzini.

In the 2022 season she won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio,Exterioo Classic Brugge-De Panne, and Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio. She also claimed two stage victories at Giro d’Italia Donne and  Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. 

Having raced just six seasons in professional cycling, Balsamo’s UCI World Ranking and PCS Ranking is 3. It looks like the Italian rider is moving ahead with a promising start.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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