Aged only 27 at the time of her brain haemorrhage and stroke, Giglia used her training as sports and fitness coach to identify sports which could help her rehabilitation and, after impressing at a British Cycling talent identification event was accepted onto the Paralympic Development Programme in May 2014.
Giglia’s progress was as impressive as it was swift.
At the Newport Para-cycling International in early 2015, Giglia enjoyed her first major success in international competition winning silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the 500-metre time trial.
Following this performance she was selected for her debut UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland and finished fourth in the time trial and individual pursuit.
She recorded her first podium finish on the road, finishing third in both the time trial and road race at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Maniago, Italy, in June 2015, before her two fourth places in the same events at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships later that summer.
Paralympic gold medallist & double world champion
Giglia finished 2015 in style, with her first major win, at the Manchester Para-cycling International, beating Germany’s reigning world champion Denise Schindler in the C3 3000-metre pursuit.
The rider appeared to be finding form just in time for the Paralympic year of 2016 and proved it in March at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.
In her first event, the individual pursuit, Giglia renewed her rivalry with Schindler, taking the gold medal and setting a new world record in qualifying, covering the three kilometres in 4:06.756.
A day later and Giglia was a double world champion beating the USA’s Jamie Whitmore Cardenas and Schindler in the 500 metre time trial while also setting a new world record, of 41.761.
Giglia continued her preparations with fourth place finishes in the time trial and road race at a UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup meeting in Ostend, Belgium, and was rewarded for her progress with selection for ParalympicsGB for the Paralympic Games in Rio.
At the Paralympics, on the opening day of competition, Giglia not only set a world record time in qualifying for her first event, the individual pursuit, but also went on to win Paralympic GB's first medal of the Games, beating USA rider Jamie Whitmore in the gold medal ride.
Giglia also set a new C3 world record in the C1-3 500m time trial, but missed out on a medal after other riders' times were factored.
On her return to the world stage at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Giglia found herself on a podium in Brazil once again.
She claimed her third world title, winning gold in 500m time trial before taking a silver medal in the individual pursuit.
On the road, Giglia returned to the podium at the opening round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, winning bronze in both the road race and time trial in Belgium.
|UCI Para-cycling Track World Cup, Ostend (Belgium)||road race||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Track World Cup, Ostend (Belgium)||time trial||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||500m time trial||Gold|
|UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||individual pursuit||Silver|
|Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)||individual pursuit||Gold|
|UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)||500m time trial||Gold|
|UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Montichiari (Italy)||individual pursuit||Gold|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy)||Road race||Bronze|
|UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy)||Time trial||Bronze|