Top British talent Sophie Wright joins Cervélo Bigla
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is pleased to announce the signing of Sophie Wright. Wright will join the team for the remainder of the season and her debut race will be announced in due course.
The 19-year-old is a European Junior MTB Champion and World Cup winner and is changing her focus to the road discipline.
With one round to go, Wright has won the Elite British National Road Series as a first-year U23.
“My short-term goal was to join a professional road race team - which can now be ticked off the list,” Wright said. “I’m sure I’ll soon learn vast amounts about UCI racing which will further progress my development and provide useful experience. I look forward to the guidance from Thomas [Campana] and fulfilling the role he thinks my strengths can be of most benefit to the team.”
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is one that is passionate about rider development.
Lotta Lepistö has been with the team for five years and developed into one of the top sprinters in the world. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is ranked third in the world and has had her best results with the team. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig last year won the youth classification in the UCI Women’s WorldTour and is continuing her upward trajectory. 19-year-old Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen is known to be one of the biggest talents in the peloton.
These are just some examples of the success the team has had when it comes to development.
“Sophie comes from the mountain bike discipline and is the lead rider in the national road series in England,” team manager, Thomas Campana said. “Since she’s decided to focus mainly on the road, we were in contact with the national coach in the UK who recommended her. After several talks, it was clear that this was the kind of rider we needed and wish to develop as we see a lot of potential. We’ve already seen confirmation of her ability on the road during the European championships road race where she was on the front for almost 80 kilometres. We’re looking forward to working with her.”
Wright continued: “I’m a very focused, dedicated and competitive athlete, always trying to make myself better and aiming for the top. If I believe in something I will give it 110%, and am a very attentive listener willing to learn anything that will help me. I respect the people I work with, individually and in the team. My strengths are climbing, descending and endurance and I always focus on winning although I understand with Cervélo Bigla I will have to support the top rider.”
Photo: Dario Belingheri/Bettini Photo/European Championships