Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team delighted with Olympic selection
The Cervélo Bigla Cycling Team would like to congratulate Lotta Lepistö, Stephanie Pohl and Lisa Klein upon being selected for the Rio Olympic Games. Pohl and Klein form part of the German team pursuit squad while Lepistö will represent Finland in the road race.
Pohl, a former world champion in the points race was a substitute rider in the London Olympics and is relishing the opportunity of returning to the big arena.
“I am very happy to take part in my second Olympic Games,” Pohl said. “The last four years were very hard for me but also beautiful. After the 2012 experience, I had my most successful career until now. I was 2012 European champion, 2013 World Cup Winner, 2nd place World Championships in 2014 and World Champion in 2015 in the points race. At the Olympics I will give everything and enjoy the atmosphere. A big thanks to my family who supported me,” she said.
Lepistö also weighed in on her feelings after the news broke: “For me the Olympics is a huge dream and achievement to represent my country at one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. It’s an honour for me to represent my country on the biggest stage of them all, the Olympic Games.”
Cervélo Bigla Cycling Team manager, Thomas Campana spoke about the importance of the games. “The Olympic games means everything to women’s cycling. During an Olympic year, the athletes’ whole season is built around the games. As a team, you have to consider that when you put the program together and the rider roster. We are expecting at least four riders to go so therefore from the beginning, the program was set up so that all the riders had the best preparation, sportive wise to be in top form at the Olympics. We are very excited for Lotta, Stephie and Lisa as the first riders announced. It will be a great experience for them.”
For the 19-year-old, Klein, the experience is bound to be an invaluable one. “The selection for the Olympic Games is a big step and for sure an honour at 19,” Klein said. “I am really happy and can't believe it. Dreams do come true. I think every athlete works hard for the selection. This was hard work. The most important thing was the support of my family and boyfriend who always motivated me and pushed me through hard times,” Klein concluded.