Balsamo unveils new rainbow stripe Trek-Segafredo kit
Elisa Balsamo’s big debut alongside new Trek-Segafredo teammates is still seven weeks away, but she made an early first impression by sporting her world champion jersey bearing the WorldTour team’s markings.
The Italian signed a three-year contract with the US team before winning the 157.7-kilometer road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Belgium. Her maiden voyage in the colors of the rainbow-striped Trek-Segafredo team will take place in Setmana Valenciana, from February 17 to 20, where she will line up alongside Paris-Roubaix winner Lizzie Deignan and the double Italian road champion Elisa Longo Borghini.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are delighted to present for the first time our world champion @Elisa_balsamo and her brand new rainbow kit @TrekSegafredo,” the team posted on social media on Wednesday, with photos of Balsamo admiring the new jersey.
Spending five seasons with the Valcar program, 2022 also marked Balsamo’s rise to the top of professional women’s cycling. Balsamo expected to make a strong presence in the cobblestone classics and Strade Bianche with his new team next season.
“With Trek I can really improve and I feel I can make a lot of progress there. The team has a lot of great champions so I can learn a lot from them. I know Elisa Longo Borghini well, well sure, but there are other really strong riders like Deignan and van Dijk, âshe said. Cycling news two weeks after putting on the new rainbow clothes on the awards podium in Leuven.
âMy dream is to win the Spring Classics, so that’s what I’m going to work towards. I really like Gand-Wevelgem and Flanders but they are all beautiful for me.
Balsamo had already claimed a rainbow jersey victory, winning the final day of the six-day Women’s Tour in October with his former team Valcar-Travel & Service. Earlier in the season, she won GP Oetingen and backed it up with a series of top 10 races in the major spring classics. She was looking to improve in the new year with a fourth place in Ghent-Wevelgem and a 15th in the Tour of Flanders.
The Italian made her statement on the world stage using a solid lead from Longo Borghini and edging Dutch Marianne Vos in the final meters to claim the world title.
Trek-Segafredo will build on Balsamo’s climbing force to give the team extra firepower for the first edition of the Tour de France Women. The team noted that early plans call for Balsamo to be joined by Deignan, Longo Borghini, European champion Ellen Van Dijk and French time trial champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot for the team. They also said the world champion would duplicate the Giro d’Italia Femminile.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are pleased to present for the first time our World Champion @Elisa_balsamo and her brand new rainbow kit @TrekSegafredo ð pic.twitter.com/Ssp3sE1rEtDecember 28, 2021
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