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Trek-Segafredo has bolstered its mountain talent after signing promising young climber Gaia Realini to its women’s squad on a three-year deal.
The 21-year-old is the second signing for the American-registered squad ahead of the 2023 season after the team announced it had added Amanda Spratt to its roster.
“This is a dream that comes true, I am super excited,” Realini said. “I have always looked at Trek-Segafredo as the best team in the peloton. A unique style, the image of the perfect team. I couldn’t really ask for better for my future.
“For an Italian rider, man or woman, the myth to be inspired by is always [Marco] Pantani, the essence of the climber. But my model, as an athlete and as a woman, has always been Elisa Longo Borghini. I have always followed her with great admiration, both on TV and now in the peloton. She’s my point of reference. Learning from her is one of my goals.”
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Riding for the Italian Isolmant-Premac-Vittoria team this season, Realini has had few opportunities to race against the big names in the peloton, but she has impressed when she has. She finished 13th overall at the Giro d’Italia Donne this summer and rode to third in the youth classification behind developing talents Niamh Fisher-Black and Neve Bradbury.“It […]