Australian sensation Sarah Gigante primed for first year as pro cyclist | Simone Giuliani

09 January 2020 12:20
The 19-year-old has already added another title in Ballarat but bigger challenges await Little more than a year ago, Sarah Gigante stunned the cycling world – and perhaps even herself – by riding across the line ahead of a peloton stacked with seasoned professionals to take out both the Under-23 and elite women’s title at the Australian Road National Championships. Now comes the small matter of defending those titles, but at least this time she’ll be carrying the confidence and expectation that stems from having race No 1 pinned to the back of your jersey. Even attempting to secure last year’s Under-23 women’s national road race crown was an ambitious target for Gigante, given it was her first year out of the junior ranks. Overall victory in the combined Under-23 and elite race was completely unthinkable. More so because of the year she’d just had. On top of determinedly studying and pulling off a perfect year 12 score, she also battled her way back from a broken elbow, shoulder and wrist. Related: Cycling in Australia at risk of fracturing amid claims of ‘open and robust dialogue’ | Kieran Pender Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian