Elisa Balsamo’s rainbows and glitter Trek Emonda SLR

by Ronan Mc Laughlin

photography by Ronan Mc Laughlin


Elisa Balsamo is perhaps the outstanding favourite for the Tour of Flanders, having single-handedly made a mockery of the curse of the rainbow jersey in the past fortnight. After sprinting to victory in Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Exterioo Classic Brugge-De Panne, and Gent-Wevelgem Balsamo seems almost unbeatable in the rainbow jersey.

Of course, as world champion, Balsamo needs a world champion’s bike, and Trek has duly obliged. Although Balsamo won Brugge DePanne and Gent-Wevelgem on a team edition Madone, she sprinted to victory in Alfredo Binda on this rainbow edition Trek Emonda SLR. Balsamo is likely to race Flanders on the Emonda again, and so we took the chance to shoot this unique bike. Will Balsamo and bike make it four World Tour wins in a row for the world champion?

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