Elisa Longo Borgini is a professional cyclist who currently rides for the women's Trek - Segafredo team and is one of the most successful female riders in modern history, having in her palmarès wins at Paris-Roubaix Femmes, Tour des Flandres, Strade Bianche, GP de Plouay, twice at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and GC wins in races such as the Women's Tour and Emakumeem Bira.
Name: Elisa Longo Borghini
Born: 10 December 1991
Birthplace: Ornavasso, Italy
Turned Pro: 2011
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Elisa Longo Borghini was born in the 10th of December 1991 in the northern city of Verbania, Italy. Born in a cycling-famous region and the daughter of a professional cross country skier Guidina Dal Sasso, Longo Borghini has stood out as one of the best pro cyclists, most specifically in the classics, of othe past few decades. Elisa is the sister of former Italian pro Paolo Longo Borghini aswell, and she is in a relationships with Trek - Segafredo rider Jacopo Mosca. She currently rides for the American Trek - Segafredo team where she has a contract until 2024.
The Italian rider turned pro in 2011 with the Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Ghezzi. Her first race day as a pro saw her finish fifth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, showing since day one her talent in the classics. It was her best performance of her neo-pro year, which featured Top10 results at both under-23 European Championship races. In 2012 Longo Borghini signed with Hitec Products - Mistral Home, having a consistent year with several strong results which included a Top10 and youth classification win at the Giro d'Italia, her first pro win and 5th at the Internarionale Thuringen Rundfhart, and a set of podiums at the under-23 time-trial European Championships, GP de Plouay and Elite World Championships.
In 2013 Longo Borghini was the winner of Trofeo Alfredo Binda, aswell as having finished 4th at the Tour des Flandres and 2nd at Flèche Wallone aswell in the spring. She finished 2nd at the Tour of Zhoushan Island and Emakumeen Euskal Bira - where she won a stage, 4th at the Giro del Trentino and 3rd at the Chrono des Nations which were the highlights of her season.
In 2014 she finished within the Top6 of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Tour des Flandres and Flèche Wallone in the spring, and became Italian time-trial champion later in the year. She finished 5th at the Giro d'Italia, and won both Tour de Bretagne Féminin and Trophée d'Or Féminin alongside three stage wins. This saw her then sign a contract with the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team into 2015. This year was a major one, which saw her taking a big win at the Tour des Flandres in the spring with a solo move. 3rd at Strade Bianche and 4th at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda were further strong results.
Later in the year she would get back to her winning ways, winning two stages and the overall classification at La Route de France and the Giro dell'Emilia. She's also finished in the Top10 of the Giro d'Italia and GP de Plouay, alongside a 4th place in the Richmond World Championships. In 2016 she finished on the Top5 of Strade Bianche, Tour des Flandres and Flèche Wallone early on, was 3rd at the Women's Tour, Italian time-trial champion, 3rd on the road race European Championships and once again crowned the winner of the Giro dell'Emilia. This year she also finished 3rd on the Olympic Games Road Race in Rio de Janeiro, and 5th at the time-trial event.
In 2017 she rode into the win at Strade Bianche early in the year, aswell as Top5 results at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Ronde van Drenthe and Amstel Gold Race. Longo Borghini became double national championships in the summer, and right after rode to a strong 2nd place at the Giro d'Italia, then immediately followed by a 3rd place at La Course by Le Tour de France. It was a strong year and 2018 was her last with Wiggle High5, focusing more on the stage-races although her results were more modest, with her only win of the year coming at the Mediterranean Games road race.
In 2019 Longo Borghini signed with Trek - Segafredo. Her first wins came with the Emakumeen Bira stage-race where she won the final stage and all classifications. She's had a 6th place at La Course by Le Tour de France, 3rd at the time-trial European Championships, 5th at the World Championships, 2nd at the Giro dell'Emilia and also rode into the win at the Vargarda WestSweden TTT. In 2020 she was consistent and strong before the Covid-19 break finishing 5th at Strade Bianche as a highlight, afterwards she rode into both Italian national titles.
She finished 6th at La Course by Le Tour de France, 3rd at the Giro d'Italia alongside a stage win, 3rd at the World Championships, 5th at Flèche Wallone and 2nd at the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. In 2021 she won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, and finished 4th at the Tour des Flandres and on the podium of several other spring races including Flèche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Yet again she rode into a double national Italian title in the summer, and finished 3rd at the Olympic Games Road Race in Tokyo.
Longo Borghini then won the GP de Plouay and rode into 3rd place at the first edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes. In 2022 she took another of her most important career wins, as she took on Paris-Roubaix Femmes as a favourite and took a strong solo win. She also won the Women's Tour and finished 5th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the space of two months. She took another Italian time-trial title in the summer, following that up with a 4th place at the Giro d'Italia and 4th at the return of the Tour de France Femmes - and an additional 2nd place at the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. Late in the season however, she won the Giro dell'Emilia and Tre Valli Varesine, and finished 3rd at the Tour de Romandie Féminin.
2023 started off perfectly for the Italian as she travelled to the UAE Tour Women and proved to be the strongest, winning at Jebel Hafeet and taking the overall classification. In the spring she did not achieve the consistent results of the past however she still managed to finish on the podium of the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In the summer she started off her campaign with a third spot at the Tour de Suisse Women with her eyes on the Grand Tours, however things did not go her way. Longo Borghini won stage 4 at the Giro Donne however on stage 5 she crashed hard and then had to abandon the race the next day. At the Tour de France Femmes the story was similar, she left the race on the morning of the queen stage whilst sitting fourth in the GC as she was suffered from a skin infection.
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