Elisa signs for two more years

Elisa signs for two more years

The reigning Italian champion extended her contract ahead of Strade Bianche

Elisa Longo Borghini has signed a contract renewal that will keep her with Trek-Segafredo through 2024. Longo Borghini is in her fourth season with the team. In that time span, she has helped bring women’s cycling into the spotlight, and racked up 15 victories including the Trofeo Binda, four national titles, GP de Plouay and a stage at Giro d’Italia. This past summer, she also took her second Olympic bronze.

PLOUAY, FRANCE – AUGUST 30: Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek – Segafredo celebrates winning during the 20th GP de Plouay – Lorient- Agglomération Trophée Ceratizit 2021 a 150,4km one day race from Plouay to Plouay / @GrandPrixPlouay / @OuestFrance / on August 30, 2021 in Plouay, France. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

I’m very happy and proud of this contract renewal. I have a unique relationship with Trek-Segafredo, which has allowed me to make a leap as a cyclist and, above all, gave me the ideal conditions to express myself as a rider and as a person Only here could I find such a stimulating environment, where athletes are considered as people, first, and not evaluated exclusively on athletic performance – Elisa Longo Borghini

Elisa is a backbone of our Team. I consider her an essential rider from a sporting point of view and, in equal measure, in human terms. We are very happy to continue our collaboration for another two seasons. She’s been a key element of our sporting project since its inception, an athlete with proven reliability. Thanks to her consistency of results and a character with few equals in the peloton, she embodies all the values that we believe in: dedication, sacrifice and passion – Luca Guercilena, Trek-Segafredo General Manager

Few athletes can match Longo Borghini’s consistency, which has made her one of the key figures in Trek-Segafredo history.

“For me, there was no doubt about my desire to stay with Trek-Segafredo,” Longo Borghini said. “In over three years we have built a lot. We have been the vanguard in women’s cycling, a point of reference for the entire movement. We’re a solid and tight-knit group like few I see. The more the years pass, the more our strength as a group grows. A great future is waiting for us.”

“Elisa is an integral part of the growth of women’s cycling and of that cultural change, still in place, which sees sport as a means of emancipation,” Trek-Segafredo sports director Ina Teutenberg said. “Having her on the team can only make us proud. I believe, without exaggeration, that she has already earned a place in the history of this sport, but I’m equally convinced that she still has room for growth. Excelling to her full potential is what we’ll be aiming for together.”

Among Longo Borghini’s lofty goals with Trek-Segafredo, one is particularly special to her, and sums up her personality and bond with her team.

“The news of my renewal comes after the even happier news of Lizzie’s second pregnancy,” Longo Borghini said. “Lizzie is a friend and teammate for whom I have great respect. Her announcement gave me a lot of joy, and gave me one more reason – if ever I needed one – to stay: I can’t wait to get together with her and prepare for her comeback!”