Italian all rounder joins new racing program
Meet Elisa Longo Borghini: she can climb, she can 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. And best of all, beginning in 2019, she will be joining the new Trek UCI women’s team.
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: 2012 culminated in a bronze medal at the World Championships road race, in 2013 she won the Trofeo Binda and finished second in the Fleche Wallonne, and in 2014 she upped the ante with five UCI wins.
But her real breakthrough season came in 2015 when she became the first Italian to win the Tour of Flanders. She also won the Giro dell’Emilia and two stages and the overall in the Route de France and finished as best Italian in the women’s only Grand Tour, Giro d’Italia Femminile, and would go on to repeat this in the following three years.
In her first Olympics in Rio (2016) she took home the bronze medal and finished top-five in the time trial, won the European Championships road race title, and took home her second National time trial title. For the second consecutive year, she was awarded Best Female Cyclist of the year in Italy.
In 2017, she won the iconic Strade Bianche and, after finishing runner-up a few times, finally won the Italian road title alongside her third TT title. Her successes at home in Italy continued when Elisa finished second overall at the Giro Rosa (Giro d’Italia Femminile).
While 2018 is still unfolding, Elisa already has wins in the road race in the Mediterranean Games, a fourth blue jersey for Best Italian in the Giro Rosa, and the mountains classification in the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour. She also reached the podium in Strade Bianche – her favorite race – for the third time in its four-year existence, taking third place.
With such an extensive palmarès, it’s hard to believe that Elisa is only 26-years-old. Elisa has ridden with Wiggle-Honda (now Wiggle-High5) since 2015 and will officially join the Trek Family on January 1, 2019.
Elisa Longo Borghini:
“Joining the Trek family was a decision that made sense for lots of reasons. For one, they are putting together a truly high-level team, with aspirations to be competing for podiums right away. To see this world-class roster come together in this short a window is impressive and inspiring.
“The second part of this is the solid physical infrastructure and support they are providing. We will have what we need when we need it so that racing is the only concern. And lastly, the staff support is strong. Not only with Ina (Teutenberg) leading the program, but we will also have true professionals around us at all times, helping us every step of the way.”