Precision is Elisa Longo Borghini’s key word in 2022.
The two-time Italian champion, who rides for Trek-Segafredo, is known for her blistering attacks in races, following her instincts – and her heart – in the heat of competition. But she wants to channel another side of herself this season as she goes for bigger and better things.
His instinctive approach to racing contrasts sharply with that of Longo Borghini, who is more thoughtful and away from the peloton. Although she does not fully master it, she wants to focus her power more precisely in the coming year.
“I was aggressive and I always got good results, but sometimes I would like to turn those good results into victory,” said Longo Borghini. BikeNews during a call last week. “I have to be smart for that. I need to use my brain a bit more, which is a bit strange for me because in normal life I’m a bit thoughtful.
“In normal life, I think a lot. Maybe I need to calculate my attacks a bit more, or they need to be more like a surgeon.
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Longo Borghini’s aggressive racing style was rewarded in 2021 with victories at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda – which takes place across Lake Maggiore from his hometown of Ornavasso – and the GP de Plouay. She also won the Italian national road race and time trial as well as the European mixed relay title with the Italian national team.
She wants more this year and she has big plans for what should be a big year for the women’s peloton. His season will start this week at Setmana Valenciana-VCV Fémines and his first big goal will be the Ardennes classics in April.
This summer, Longo Borghini plans to race both the Giro d’Italia Donne and the revived Tour de France Women. She is aiming for yellow in France, but she does not entrust the Giro to training and wants to come out of it with at least one stage victory.
“I just set my bar a bit higher than last year because last year I won two WorldTour races. I would like to go with three so you know, and it would be nice to be ready both for the Giro and the Tour,” she said. “So far I’ve only heard from people who are ready to win the Giro or the Tour, but I don’t like to follow the crowd.”
The Women’s Tour de France is one of many important additions to the calendar in recent years. Last season, Longo Borghini finished third in the first Paris-Roubaix Women while teammate Lizzie Deignan rode a solo epic for victory.
Appreciated by these recent inscriptions, Longo Borghini would like to see some Italian monuments on the calendar.
“I’m very happy he’s back,” Longo Borghini said of the Women’s Tour de France. “It will be a very big race and it will give a lot of visibility to women’s cycling. What I would like to see in the future is a Milan-San Remo and an Il Lombardia for women.
It’s time to think about the Women’s Tour de France
The return of the Tour de France Women more than 30 years after the last “official” version was held in the mid-1980s occupies a large part of the discourse around this season. With an opportunity to make history, it also became the main focus for most riders in the peloton.
As a former Strade Bianche winner, Longo Borghini is looking forward to the dirt stage between Tores and Bar-Sure-Aube in Stage 4. However, she didn’t think too much about it.
It will be time to reflect.
“I think I really like the gravel stage, but if I can be honest, I haven’t watched the stages,” she said. BikeNews. “I’m really sorry, but it’s a race that takes place in July. People are already thinking about it as if it were tomorrow. Tomorrow I go out on my bike and train. I am not thinking of the Tour de France. I can’t make so many long term plans please. We have the time.”
For Longo Borghini, it makes no sense to think too much about the Tour de France with so many races to come before then. If this is one of the main objectives of her season, she has other ambitions and she will make her preparations for the Tour when the time comes.
As with a grand tour, looking too far into the future can be detrimental.
“For me it’s a big goal but I have to think about it at the right time,” she said. “Right now I’m thinking about Valenciana, I’m thinking about the first part of the season. Then I’ll take a break and then I’ll start thinking about the next part of the race of the racing season. If I take it in its all so it’s too much, I have to go step by step. There is always room for everything so there will also be time to think about the Tour de France.