Elisa Balsmo’s wonderful year ends. Now travel to Australia for a new dream – OA Sport

With the fifth and final stage of the La Vuelta Challenge, the first year of World Champion Elisa Balsamo has officially ended. The blue closed it in the best way possible, and it proved itself that only she could in the Spanish capital, kissing the iris she had worn on the shirt for the last 365 days.

The Balsmo season, as it always happens to those who wear this jersey, was immediately scrutinized and analyzed to the smallest detail, an exercise we will now do, before the Cuneo-based woman can try to replicate the feat accomplished last year in Belgium. ..

Let’s start with the numbers first. As world champion, Trek athlete Segafredo won 10 races To which should also be added seven second places (six of which are behind the Dutchman Lorena Webbs). He put the first seal with iris on his chest with balsamo already last season, just 15 days after the World Championships, when he managed to establish himself in the final stage of the Women’s Tour, in Great Britain.

2022 immediately opened with great fanfare, and achieved extraordinary success at Setmana Valenciana, the first race on his seasonal programme. After placing fourth on the unlucky Omloop and Strade Bianche, Balsamo made his season of classics the most memorable ever. Three wins in a row, three wins in just 7 days, in a moment of madness.

First, the Alfredo Penda Cup, which has always been one of the most famous races on the women’s circuit, then the Brugge-De Panne race and finally the crowning of the cake with a glorious victory at Gent-Wevelgem. A week in which she was unstoppable for everyone, explosive in the sprint, always tied to the best climbing and always centered in the best way in the group.

Cycling, World Championships 2022: Italy women’s national team squad. Elisa Balsamo and Elisa Longo Borghini Tips

After being disqualified from Paris-Roubaix for being pulled by the flagship, perhaps the least moment in an exciting season, Balsamo returned to success in the Tour de Suisse, giving life to another extraordinary step in her season. The dominant National Championship allowed her to wear the Tricolor, another very prestigious jersey that we hope we will never see as it will always be hidden under the rainbow again next year.

Then again the two victories at Giro Don with lots of Maglia Rosa clothes in the opening. Other dreams come true for the Cuneo woman, other goals fulfilled in what is already an amazing career, despite being only 24 years old. Nothing has changed in the assessment of the small disappointments in the Women’s Tour de France and in the European Championship, where there have always been too many Wiebes.

Thus, the victory in Madrid closes the circuit of a season that would have already been unforgettable for an iris brought back to Italy 11 years later, which Elisa Balsamo has made remarkable thanks to her immense talent and the joy that emanates every time she takes off. saddle. In Australia, Blue will have the opportunity to heal itself and give us a new dream. She will have a very strong national team behind her and a nation to pay for.

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