Elisa Balsamo surprised the cycling world - and herself - when she outsprinted Marianne Vos to win the 2021 World Championship road race in Leuven. The Italian had already signed a contract with Trek-Segafredo and for 2022 brings the prestigious world champion’s jersey into the Team. A highly-decorated Junior in both road and track, Elisa’s promise continued when she entered the pro ranks, taking victories in GP Bruno Beghelli (2018), a stage at the Tour of California (2019) and the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta (2020). The 2021 season was a breakthrough year for the 23-year-old, winning GP Oetingen and a stage at the Women’s Tour alongside the World title. There was no hint of a so-called 'rainbow jersey curse' during Elisa's reign as World Champion. She won nine races including Gent-Wevelgem, the Italian national championship and two stages of the Giro d'Italia, where she also wore the iconic Maglia Rosa.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go, and why?
I've always dreamed to go to Easter Island to see the giant statues.
If you could have a dinner party with any 3 people in the world, dead or alive, who would you pick?
Odisseo, Freddie Mercury, Frida Kahlo
If you could borrow one cycling aptitude from any of your Trek-Segafredo teammates what would it be and from whom?
Elisa's (Longo Borghini) courage in attacking.
What is your favorite Bontrager or Trek equipment?
My Trek Emonda.