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Elisa Balsamo on Winning Trofeo Alfredo Binda: “If it’s a dream, please don’t wake me up. I’m so happy”

By Monica Buck

In a heart-stopping sprint to the finish line, Elisa Balsamo of Lidl-Trek secured her second victory at the prestigious Trofeo Alfredo Binda, marking her team’s fourth successive win in the iconic race. The thrilling finale saw Balsamo outmaneuvering World Champion Lotte Kopecky to claim the coveted title.

The 50th edition of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda unfolded amidst the picturesque landscapes of Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca, with riders navigating a challenging 140.5km course that included grueling ascents and a nerve-wracking descent to the finish in Cittiglio.

As the race approached its climax, a select group of riders surged ahead, setting the stage for a gripping showdown. With Kopecky making a bold move in the final sprint, it was Balsamo’s unwavering determination that propelled her to victory, crossing the line ahead of her rivals with a burst of speed that left spectators in awe.

Reflecting on her triumph, Balsamo expressed her elation, stating, “If it’s a dream, please don’t wake me up. I’m so happy. The team was just so strong.” Her sentiments echoed the sentiments of many as she credited her teammates for their pivotal role in securing her momentous win.

“The plan was to have Shirin ready to follow climbers’ attacks, while my role was to be there in case of a bunch finish. Shirin was commendable, she deserves a special thanks. We are a fantastic group, always ready to sacrifice for each other. That is something that makes a difference in cycling.”

Looking ahead, Balsamo remains focused on her ambitions, with a series of Belgian classics on the horizon. Her unwavering dedication and relentless pursuit of excellence serve as a testament to her prowess as a cyclist, setting the stage for more thrilling battles on the road ahead.

“Race after race I grow, I improve,” said Balsamo. “I have been working hard since the winter to be at the top in all the events I have on my priority list for this season. Trofeo Binda was one of them, now the Belgian classics are there. I’m 100% sure that we, as team, will once again stand out.”

Will she beat the World Champion again? What do you think?