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Lepistö impressive in Amstel Gold Race

Lepistö impressive in Amstel Gold Race

Lepistö impressive in Amstel Gold Race

Lotta Lepistö was pleasantly surprised by riding top a 10 ten placing in Amstel Gold Race today. The Finnish national champion was happy to achieve 8th place on a hilly course as a sprinter.

“It was a hard day,” Lepistö said. “It’s Amstel Gold Race and a top 10 for me as a sprinter is pretty cool. I had solid legs so I think the form is coming slowly. I’ve been looking forward to some hard racing so today was good.”

Lepistö was part of an 8-rider breakaway group that got a 2-minute gap that was enough to see them maintain a lead to the finish over a peloton reduced to 40 riders.

“I was in the front all day because this is a kind of race where positioning is really important. I noticed big teams were in the front when the move went, and I thought we needed someone there, so I jumped across. We were working pretty well together but the climbers went hard on the climbs to hurt the sprinters. I did some good pulls in the front but it wasn’t easy out there. Things are moving in the right direction for us and we look forward to the next few weeks,” Lepistö concluded.

Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team will continue with the UCI Women’s World Tour on Wednesday 18 April in La Flèche Wallonne.

Clara Koppenburg (GER) in a playful mood ahead of Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) in the crowds at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Cervélo Bigla sign on at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (RSA) at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Riejanne Markus (NED) and Lotta Lepistö (FIN) lead the escape at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

The leaders approach at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

The escapees battle up the Cauberg at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) tries to bridge back to the leaders at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) and Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) work together to close the gap on the final lap at Amstel Gold Race - Ladies Edition 2018, a 116.9 km road race from Maastricht to Berg en Terblijt on April 15, 2018. Photo by Sean Robinson/Velofocus.com