Clara Koppenburg returns to Bigla to take on leadership role
We are extremely proud to announce that Clara Koppenburg will be returning to ride for Bigla, and take on the position of leader. Clara spent four years on the team, where she learned the craft of professional bike riding and grew into a true talent within the peloton. Having learned much from her years of racing with Bigla, Clara now makes a return to us after a year away, and will be filling the position of team leader. We are incredibly excited to welcome her back to take on this role, and look forward to continuing to support her in achieving her potential within the sport.
She described her excitement at returning to Bigla next season: “My years with Bigla were fantastic, and I learned a lot while I was with this team and really felt like I made so much progress in developing myself as a rider. I noticed that this aspect was missing somewhat when I moved away from the team, so I am very happy to return to Bigla from next year. The atmosphere is excellent, I get along great with the riders, and the entire setup is very professional. I think that the Team Manager Thomas Campana really brings the best out of his riders and I feel like I can make substantial progress in such an environment.”
Discussing what she’s looking forward to achieving next year, she remarks: “My strengths lie in descending and of course climbing, particularly during stage races, and I would also like to work more on my time trialling, which is a discipline I quite enjoy. My other goals also include the Olympic Games and the World Championships, as well as defending my title in Valencia. I’m also looking forward to re-joining my teammates and everyone from Bigla, and I can’t wait to get started!”
Team Manager Thomas Campana said about the signing: “We’re excited to have this very talented young German rider back in the team, and to welcome her home. Clara demonstrated strong performances this year, having won Setmana Ciclista Valenciana at the beginning of the year. She also had a fantastic Tour of the Ardèche, finishing second overall, and was one of the riders who made it into the breakaway at the beginning of the World Championships. This is a confirmation of the team’s successful development of her abilities, and that she is able to move from a support role to a leadership role. We’ve now come to the decision to place her in a co-leadership role, particularly for difficult races like the Ardennes Classics and important stage races. I’m confident that she can make the next step to fulfilling this role with great pride and success, and the team is very excited about welcoming her back.”