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Gaia Realini Extends Contract with Lidl-Trek Through 2027

Gaia Realini

In a significant move, Gaia Realini has extended her contract with Lidl-Trek, committing to the team until 2027. Since joining Lidl-Trek in 2023, Realini has emerged as a formidable force in the world of women’s cycling, showcasing her climbing prowess and securing notable victories on prestigious stages like the Vuelta España Femenina.

Realini’s journey with Lidl-Trek began with a bang, as she crossed the finish line alongside her idol Elisa Longo Borghini at the UAE Women’s Tour, demonstrating her climbing skills atop Jebel Hafeet. This performance propelled her into the spotlight and set the stage for her remarkable achievements throughout the season.

Throughout 2023, Realini continued to impress, achieving top-10 results at the Giro Donne and securing her first professional victory at Trofeo Oro in Euro. Her meteoric rise continued with podium finishes at Flèche Wallonne and the Vuelta Femenina, solidifying her status as one of the most promising talents in the peloton.

Looking ahead to 2024, Realini is poised to make her debut at the Tour de France Femmes, marking another significant milestone in her career. With the support of her team, she aims to build on her past successes and further establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in stage races and general classification competitions.

Realini expressed her gratitude for the confidence and support she has received from Lidl-Trek, highlighting the invaluable lessons she has learned and the sense of unity within the team. She is determined to push her limits and elevate her ambitions, inspired by the collective effort and unwavering belief of her teammates.

Ina Teutenberg, Lidl-Trek’s Director Sportif, commended Realini’s rapid adaptation to the team environment and her ability to assume leadership roles with ease. Teutenberg emphasised Realini’s mental fortitude and on-bike prowess, identifying her as one of the brightest talents in women’s cycling.

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