Squats, sprints and Toy Story movies: Meet Elisa Balsamo

The former world champion and this year’s Roubaix runner-up talks us through her multisport upbringing and how the wins start in the gym

Balsamo punching the air after winning Classic Brugge-De Panne in March
Balsamo punched through to win Classic Brugge-De Panne in March
(Image credit: Getty Images)

For each article in this long-running WATT WORKS FOR ME series from Cycling Weekly's print edition, we ask a pro rider about their favourite things in training: what has helped them most in getting to where they are today. The aim is to get to the heart of the beliefs and preferences they hold dear when it comes to building form, maximising fitness and ultimately achieving results. For this edition, we speak to Elisa Balsamo

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Steve has been writing (mainly fitness features) for Cycling Weekly for 11 years. His current riding inclination is to go long on gravel bikes... which melds nicely with a love of carbs