She can climb, is proficient in the time trial, has a knack for getting in the right breakaway, and has an extensive palmarès of podiums over her eight-year career to prove it.  Elisa Longo Borghini 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). She is a multi-National Champion in the time trial and won the road title in 2017.  In 2019, Elisa soloed to a thrilling victory in the final stage at the Emakumeen Bira WorldTour race, winning the stage and clinching the overall by two seconds - her first win for Trek-Segafredo, but certainly not her last.

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Name something special you take with you when you go to a race.

Wolfie!! It's a peluche (a stuffed toy wolf) that my boyfriend Ciro gave me before flying to Rio for the Olympics. Since then, it's always with me!

What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?

Emakuumen Bira - that race was special for our team. We went there relaxed and happy and we came away with a GC victory, 2 stage victories, and the GPM Jersey. The team spirit was at its highest!

Who inspires you? Why?

My brother. He's been an inspiration for me as a rider and as a human being. His spirit of sacrifice in sport and his capability to take things always with a smile make me admire him so much. He has four children and I can tell you, it can be hard sometimes, but he's always there for everyone. I love the way he loves his family and the dedication he gives them.