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Longo Borghini Shifts Focus to Ardennes Classics After Deciding to Skip Roubaix

Elisa Longo Borghini

Elisa Longo Borghini, the 32-year-old Italian champion cyclist from Lidl-Trek, has opted out of competing in Paris-Roubaix, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 7th 2024. Following her ride in this year’s Tour of Flanders in a couple of weeks, Longo Borghini will then be concentrating on the Ardennes Classics. This strategic decision reflects the increasingly competitive nature of women’s cycling, where it’s crucial to prioritise targets.

Under the guidance of her coach, Paolo Slongo, Longo Borghini recently completed a training stint at Teide, Tenerife, after an impressive start to the 2024 season. She secured third place in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, second in Strade Bianche, and claimed victory in the Trofeo Oro. Now, her focus shifts to upcoming races, including Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday and the Tour of Flanders on March 31st.

Following these events, Longo Borghini will set her sights on the Ardennes Classics, with the Liege Bastogne Liege race on April 21st as the key highlight. She’s been on the podium there twice in the last 3 seasons. Her campaign in the Ardennes will kick off with the Brabantse Pijl on April 10th.