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Elisa Longo Borghini answers some questions on her Trofeo Binda World Cup win - with videos

On Sunday, 21-year-old Elisa Longo Borghini won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda Road World Cup - the first Italian to win the race since 2000, and the first World Cup win for Hitec Products UCK. Just as importantly for her, it was the biggest win of her career, and on her local roads, in front of her friends and family. She answered some questions about it, just for the Café - watch the videos and then see what she has to say!

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Elisa Longo Borghini wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2013 - photo used with kind permission from Hitec Products UCK
Elisa Longo Borghini wins Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2013 - photo used with kind permission from Hitec Products UCK

There's a choice of two videos - five minutes from the UCI, in English, with commentary and interviews by Ben Atkins, who writes for Velonation:

Or, if you want more, here's an hour in Italian (thanks CyclingFlash!)

Last week, I interviewed Elisa Longo Borghini about the race and her 2012 season, so of course I had to ask some follow-up questions, now she's won! She's been very busy, dealing with the race and getting ready for the next round of the World Cup, Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen, one of her biggest goals of the season. Huge thanks to Elisa for giving us a bit of her time - and good luck for Sunday!

PdC: Before the race you said you'd be happy just to finish - but now, how does it feel?

Elisa: Winning on my home soil has been amazing. I had all my family (mom, dad, brother, sister in law and my nieces) and my friends cheering me at the race and this was a big motivation for pulling hard on my pedals.

PdC: We were worried about you when we saw you'd punctured, and were having trouble getting back - were you worried too?

Elisa: No, I wasn't worried. It was early in the race and I could manage to come back in the peloton without any particular problems. My teammate Rachel Neylan gave me her wheel, can't thank her enough for what she did.

PdC: When you attacked in the second lap, did you expect to be able to stay away? What were you thinking when you were out there, knowing the peloton was chasing you?

Elisa: At the beginning I didn't believe I could stay away till the end of the race, but when I crossed the finish line [on the second lap] with Amanda on my wheel I just said to myself "Now I go full gas and I really want to get to the finish."

PdC: This is a superb result for you and the team - what will your next goals be?

Elisa: As I said I'd like to do a good RVV. Then I'll focus on the italian championships, Giro d'Italia and Worlds.

Elisa: I'd really like to thank team Hitec Products for believing in me. Girls, management and staff work hard and TOGETHER to achieve the best result possible. I am glad and proud to be part of this team.


If you'd like to read more about how the Trofeo Binda and Gent-Wevelgem played out, you can read my race report at Total Women's Cycling - and you can see photos of Binda by CJ Farquharson on her and on Cyclingnews. And if you're in the mood for more videos, there is 2 minutes of Gent-Wevelegem on Sporza (please click through and show they we really like seeing women's cycling!) and this one, found by Confused Spider (both in Dutch)

These aren't racing, but I really enjoyed them - a little introduction to team Specialized-lululemon:

and a slideshow of photos from the Speclulu team camp earlier in the year, by photographer Emily Maye:

Edit - and Part 2 is up now, too!

And if you've ever wondered what life is like for riders in the women's peloton, ORICA-AIS' neo-pro, Gracie Elvin, has been making little videos of her life on the road - check out her Rookie Roadie youtube account - here's her video from the ORICA TTT team camp

and here's the ORICA Backstage Pass from the same camp, for some compare'n'contrast:

And here's another team camp video, from Wiggle Honda:

If you see anything else you like in the run-up to Flanders, add it to the comments!