Balsamo: 'For every Italian rider it is a dream to wear the pink jersey'

Excellent team work brings the jersey home for Trek-Segafredo’s Italian world champion

Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) celebrates wearing the maglia rosa after winning stage two of the 2022 Giro Donne
(Image credit: Owen Rogers)

As Lauretta Hanson crossed the Giro Donne finish line after stage two the Australian could be heard shouting almost desperately to no one in particular, “Did she get it? Did she get it?”

Hanson had done much of the work to control the day’s six woman breakaway, and, her work done finished 128th of the 138 finishers, so when someone said her Trek-Segafredo team mate Elisa Balsamo had won it was good news. A huge smile cracked her face and she rode off into the throng of riders, photographers and journalists to find the team and celebrate.

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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.