'Don't make her angry, she can become a tiger': Inside Elisa Balsamo's rise to stardom

Elisa Balsamo joined cycling's top tier after winning the rainbow jersey in 2021. Here's the inside story on the Italian's success from those who know her best

Elisa Balsamo in an Italy jersey winning the World Championships in 2021
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This feature originally appeared in Cycling Weekly magazine on 13 October 2022. Subscribe now and never miss an issue.

Elisa Balsamo won Trofeo Alfredo Binda last Sunday, before doubling up at the Classic Brugge-De Panne on Thursday. Here's her story.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.