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by Mark Zalewski
November 23, 2016
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Italian cyclists Elia Viviani, Elisa Longo Borghini, Vincenzo Nibali and Elisa Balsamo have been nominated as athletes of the year in the annual Gazzetta dello Sport awards.
Elisa Longo Borghini’s strong year put her on the list as woman of the year.
Viviani and Nabili were nominated as male athletes of the year. Viviani’s impressive Rio Omnium gold medal alone should place him on the list, but also his consistent sprinting over the year also likely aided his nomination. Nibali’s second Giro d’Italia win earned him a spot among the list of ten.
Longo Borghini won the national time trial championships and the Giro dell’Emilia. At the Giro Rosa she won the QOM competition and finished on the podium. She also won the bronze medal in the Rio Olympic Road Race and placed fifth in the time trial.
“It is the dream that I had a little girl of nine years old from first bike race that came true,” said Longo Borghini. “On an emotional level, I no longer suffer in competition, I removed many doubts and many fears of not being as good as others. Now people stop me in the supermarket and even asks me: ‘Are you the Longo Borghini?'”
Elisa Balsamo won the junior road race world championship in Doha, Qatar, and was also nominated for revelation of the year.
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