Already Sarah Gigante (Movistar) has had a cycling career punctuated with a string of achievements many work decades towards – she’s been an Olympian, has multiple elite national championships to her name, has secured a three-year deal with a top WorldTour team and now has also just added her first European win to that list. The peaks have been lofty and plentiful, but so too have the troughs.
Sarah Gigante took her first victory in Movistar colours at Emakumeen Nafarroako. The Australian was the strongest on the day's challenging route that included eight ascents and soloed to the win in Iruzun. Veronica Ewers (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) finished second and Paula Patiño in third, giving Movistar two riders on the podium.
The year of 2021 may have been one of the biggest of Sarah Gigante’s young cycling career, between an Olympic Games and signing with WorldTeam Movistar, but it has also been one where broken bones and recovery from myopericarditis means racing has been thin on the ground. As a result the 21-year-old has decided to ease back into competition on the familiar roads of Australia's National Road Series (NRS) before becoming immersed in the European peloton with her new team.