5 Key Moments in 2015
Late in 2014, it was announced that the Bigla Pro Cycling Team would be relaunched with a new rider roster and management structure. New structures can often take time to find its groove as all new players and characters get used to working with each other. By the end of the season, the team exceeded its expectations by finishing as the fifth ranked team in the world with a total of 17 victories. Here are five key moments for the team.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio won the final stage and overall in Auensteiner Radsporttage. The victory is significant because it put her back on a winning track and gave a boost of confidence after a few setbacks in previous seasons.
Canadian National Road Championships
Joëlle Numainville joined the team looking for a new lease on life, after a head injury in 2013 that has seen a slow recovery back to form. Reclaiming the national road title she held a few years back, signalled a return to the top levels of the sport. Joëlle has told us she is very excited about the 2016 season.
Crescent World Cup Team Time Trial Vargarda
The team time trial was a big test as the team hadn't had a collective test against the clock as yet. The girls did an incredible job to finish fourth on the day, only seconds behind more experienced squads and ahead of some of the best teams in the world.
Second and fourth place after a super team plan came together on the day. Annemiek van Vleuten slipped away on the penultimate climb to surprise competitors ahead of the Muur de Huy and held on for second place. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio attacked up the climb to finish fourth. It was the the fourth year in a row that the South African finished in the top five of the race.
This victory on stage 4 meant more than words can describe to Lotta Lepistö. Not only was it her first international victory away from her national titles, it took place in a race she struggled to make the time limit three years earlier. It showed her development was on track, becoming one of the top sprinters in the world.