Coffee Talk with Elisa Longo Borghini

This week's Segafredo's coffee chat is with Italian Elisa Longo Borghini. Grab a coffee and read along!


What’s your morning ritual?

I really enjoy this part of the day. Normally when I wake up and, depending on the part of the season it is, I might go on the rollers, then I take a shower and have breakfast. Otherwise, I like to have breakfast in my pajamas. I usually have some oats with yogurt and fruits and coffee while I watch the daily news.

How do you like your coffee?

I’m Italian and I grew up in a traditional family, so I Iove the coffee made in the caffettiera (coffeepot). I like to hear the sound it makes when the coffee is ready, especially in the morning. I usually have my coffee without sugar, but I do like to have a small cookie with it. My favorite Segafredo coffee is Intermezzo!

How many coffees do you have before a race? 

I have undoubtedly too many coffees before a race, mainly because we are lucky enough to have a Segafredo coffee machine on the bus! Before the race, I probably drink 4-5 coffees, not because I need a caffeine boost, but because I simply love coffee!

Favorite companion for a ‘coffee ride’?

My favorite companion for a coffee ride is my boyfriend, but I have to be honest: I’m a very peculiar cyclist in the sense that I almost never do coffee rides. Sometimes I feel silly to get my kit on and to ride to the café. I’d rather have a real rest day where I am with my loved ones at a cafe, enjoying my coffee, reading the Gazzetta dello Sport, and having lighthearted conversation.

How much has your daily life changed in the time of this pandemic? 

My daily life has changed a lot and I try to cope with this new period the best way I can. I keep myself focused: In the morning, I train indoors on the rollers, then I get organized to do some housework, and I study because this year I re-started University.

My feelings are not always the same, like many other people, I guess. Some days are harder than others, especially when you hear how many deaths per day my country has had, but I try to keep up and to stay motivated. Even if it’s not very logical, it helps me a lot to think that if I accomplish my daily training, one person will heal that day.

How do you invest your free time at home?

In my day-to-day life, when I’m not cycling, I’m just a simple person. I like to read; I have my studies now, so I’m busy with them, and I spend time with my boyfriend, my family, and friends. Nothing special for many, but for me, ‘normality’ is special, and I appreciate it a lot.


Click here to learn more about what Segafredo is doing in Italy during this time.