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Elisa Balsamo’s bike: What is the former world champion racing in 2023?

Elisa Balsamo

Some people in the fanbase of professional cycling believe in the curse of the rainbow jersey, whereby the newly crowned world champion finds it suddenly difficult to rack up wins once they are wearing the coveted rainbow stripes. Clearly, Elisa Balsamo doesn’t buy into that, having racked up nine wins in the stripes in 2022, including Ghent-Wevelgem, stage wins at the Giro d’Italia Donne, and capped it off by also winning the Italian national championships. Sadly this meant we never saw the Italian champion’s jersey on the road as the rainbow jersey takes precedence.

While Balsamo has relinquished the rainbow jersey for 2023 to Annemiek van Vleuten she is still very much a rider to watch for the season, and will still carry the rainbow collar and sleeve flashes of a former world champion until the end of her career.

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