RACING AHEAD OF EXPECTATIONS. She’s as tremendously mature, intelligent, affable and talkative off the roads as she’s promising and powerful on her bike in all terrains. Sarah Gigante is one of the strongest up-and-coming talents in the world, yet she’s also much more than that. A perfect scorer in the VCE, the exams giving access to university in Australia’s Victoria state, she earned a Chancellor’s excellence scholarship from the Melbourne University, where she’s currently studying a double major in Linguistics and Geography. She’s got the right mentality, and more importantly the right environment, to become one of the greats. Her mum, Kerry, and her brother, Scott -who also enjoyed a scholarship like hers and went to study a PhD in Bioinformatics at no less than Yale University- are two of her biggest pieces of support.
TAKING BARRIERS DOWN. After becoming a national, and Oceanic, junior champion in 2018, Sarah did not ‘wait’ for a moment to repeat such feats within the pros: on 6th January 2019, her first official day as an under-23, she claimed the green-and-gold bands in the road race, ahead of all WorldTour competitors. In the two following years, she would claim back-to-back victories in the Time Trial -a title she still holds in the beginning of 2022-, and built, from her home races, a strong palmarès she aims at improving in the international scene. Her 2021 season in Europe, doing well at many one-day spring classics, makes many hope it will be the case.
WASN’T EASY AT ALL. A series of hard crashes and injuries have hampered her performance over the last few years, most notably two: elbow, shoulder and opposite wrist fractures in 2018, when she was still a junior, and collarbone, fibula and elbow fractures at a crash in the 2021 Flèche Wallonne, just as she broke through as a pro. And despite all of that, she showed impressive resilience and commitment to bounce back quickly: she was able to race the junior Innsbruck Worlds and also attended her first Olympic Games in Tokyo, taking an impressive 11th in the time trial. Another hurdle came as she suffered from myopericarditis right after the Games, which will delay her Movistar Team debut in 2022, even if the Blues -which signed with her through to the end of 2024- want to keep her calm and allow for an extended recovery period so we can enjoy her quality soon.
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