Gaia Realini is the archetypal climber. Standing at 150cm (4’11”) her physique is a concentration of power that is unleashed when the road climbs. In the past two years her performances in the toughest stages of the Giro d'Italia were impressive and caught the attention of many people in cycling. Thanks to this, she seized a chance to move up to the WorldTour when an offer was extended by Lidl-Trek. At the age of 21, after growing in a small Italian team, Gaia is ready to try her hand at the center stage. The first goal is to build up her experience and confidence, starting in the most suitable terrain, stage races. So far so good: She busted out in a big way in 2023 when she took third overall at La Vuelta Femenina with a superb stage win and the mountains jersey on her shoulders.

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