Five talking points from the women's elite World Championships 2021 road race

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The Italian team celebrate yet another win at the World Championships
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Balsamo delivers a shock win

Elisa Balsamo

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.