Infographic: The most successful season in team history
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is currently enjoying its most successful season to-date. At the time of writing, the team boasts 16 victories for 2017. As at 1 August, this is already better than the total of 15 victories from both 2015 and 2016 each.
16 victories are the second most victories from any team this season.
With 10 second places and 10 third places, the result shows the athletes have been more successful at converting podium places to wins.
Team leader, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was the first to pick up a victory this year, claiming the gold medal in the South African time trial championships on 9 February. In early March, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig proved to be one of the team’s most successful young rider discoveries by winning the overall in Semana Ciclista Valenciana.
Lotta Lepistö continued her role as one of the fastest sprinters in the world, winning Dwars Door Vlaanderen in an exciting bike throw to the line. Four days later, she made history by winning the team’s first ever WorldTour win, Gent-Wevelgem. After the monumental victory, she said, “This race was my goal. I was focussed on winning it. It’s a race that suits me and last year I was close but made a mistake and I told myself that won’t happen again. So today I made sure I was in the front.”
The team boasts an impressive list of technical partners. From the sixteen victories, four of them have been on the Cervélo P5 in the time trial. On 28 April, Moolman-Pasio showed her successful recovery from a hip fracture to win the Festival Elsy Jacobs prologue. She paid homage to the support the team receives: “I again want to thank our partners. The equipment helps us go that much faster – the suits from Endura, the bikes from Cervélo, Ceramicspeed – every advantage we could possibly have, we have it in this team so it’s awesome to deliver the win for them,”
One of the hardest working lieutenants got her reward on 20 May when Stephanie Pohl soloed to victory in Berner Rundfahrt.
The team didn’t have to wait long to add to the impressive win tally as Moolman-Pasio crossed the line alone the next day to win the final stage and overall in Emakumeen Bira. She capitalised on her impressive form, five days later, winning La Classique Morbihan and a day later, GP de Plumelec Morihan.
The European contingent picked up where Moolman-Pasio left off in February by winning a further five national titles on the continent. Lepistö defended both Finnish road and time trial titles while Lisa Klein (Germany) and Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland) became national elite road champions for the first time. Uttrup Ludwig defended her time trial title from last year in Denmark.
After missing the Women’s Tour due to illness, Lepistö was rewarded in the Giro Rosa for the patience approach to her recovery. She won stage 6 in her first ever Grand Tour. In addition to the victories, Uttrup Ludwig has been leading the youth classification of the WorldTour since the first race of the season, Strade Bianche.