Elisa Longo Borghini boasts an extensive palmarès of podiums over her career. She made her professional debut in 2011 at the age of 18 and like a good wine has been getting better and better ever since. Some of her most significant accolades include being the first Italian to win the Tour of Flanders (2015), a bronze medal in her first Olympics (2016), and winning Strade Bianche (2017). In 2020, Elisa admittingly had her best year, but undoubtedly topped that one year later. She defended her National road and time trial titles, won WorldTour races Trofeo Alfredo Binda and GP Plouay, and finished on the podium in three others: Strade Bianche, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and La Flèche Wallonne. After a less than ideal start to 2022, Elisa made a late decision to race Paris-Roubaix, but with little expectation after a recent illness. She went on to win the race after a 33km solo attack to deliver Trek-Segafredo its second cobblestone trophy in as many years. Roubaix marked a turning point in Elisa's season, with another five victories coming later in the season including the Women's Tour after a dramatic final stage.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who gave it?
"Remember who you are and where you come from." - My parents
Who inspires you? Why?
My brother. He has been an inspiration as a rider and as a human being. His spirit of sacrifice in sport and his capability to take things always with a smile makes me admire him so much. He had four children and I can tell you, it can be crazy and tough sometimes, but he's always there for everyone. I love the way he loves his family and the dedication he gives them.
If you could borrow one cycling aptitude from any of your Trek-Segafredo teammates what would it be and from whom?
The explosive jump or attack of Lizzie Deignan.