Emma Norsgaard joins Cervélo Bigla in 2018
Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is pleased to announce the signing of Emma Norsgaard for 2018. The 18-year-old surprised many to win the 2016 elite Danish national road race championships, achieving this feat at an incredibly young age.
Earlier today she won the bronze medal in the junior time trial in the European Road Championships, proving to be on of the brightest young talents in the sport. Norsgaard is the second new signing after Daria Pikulik. Both riders
fit into the young rider development mission of the team.
“We exist to help athletes reach their potential,” general manager, Thomas Campana said. “Emma is a very exciting athlete for us. By winning the Danish championships at an elite level she has shown her potential. We will start integrating her into our program early next year and take a step by step approach to her progress. Having had many conversations with her, we believe she fits in perfectly by character and talent into the team.”
Norsgaard says turning professional has been a goal she’s been pursuing for years.
“This is a great opportunity to develop myself as a professional bike rider. By joining Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team I am very much looking forward to racing in the team colours. This is a dream come true, one I have been chasing since 9 years old.”
Norsgaard lists the national title as the best achievement of her career. She says her strength lies in the sprints. “I have always been best in the sprint - the results I’ve made so far in my career is thanks to my sprints.”
She also displayed this at the world championships last year - the first of her career – by sprinting to sixth in the road race. “I was a bit disappointment about it to begin with but now it’s one of the results I’m proudest of. Besides that, I’m also proud of my silver medal at the youth Olympic festivals in Georgia in 2015. This was my very first international race against the best girls from all over Europe in my age group.”
Asked about her immediate goals upon joining the team, she says the biggest ones are to be professional and to be a good teammate. “I want to be and act like a professional bike rider and be a teammate, someone the team can be proud of, just like I have always dreamt of.”