Emily Aubry: “We’ve proved we can do well as a team...we’re chasing that first victory”

Emily Aubry: “We’ve proved we can do well as a team...we’re chasing that first victory”

Emily Aubry: “We’ve proved we can do well as a team…we’re chasing that first victory”

Photo: Anton Vos 

The Bigla Pro Cycling Team on Friday completed the Tour of Chongming Island stage race and now turns its attention to the Chongming Island World Cup on Sunday. Emily Aubry forms part of the team in China that was sent there to support Shelley Olds.

The team has had some good and bad days with Olds finishing second on the first day and eventually fifth on the overall classification.

“The first day was really good,” Aubry said. “The second day we didn’t do as well as we could have. Today was good again but we had some back luck as Shelley’s shifting system broke from the crash in the sprint just 200 metres before the finish line. We’ve showed some good things today and we’re looking forward to the World Cup. We’ve proved we can do well as a team and we’re chasing that first victory of the team.”

The Swiss rider is in her third year on the Bigla Pro Cycling Team and says she’s getting used to the team with all the changes this season and is really enjoying the racing with her new teammates in China.

The racing scene in Asia is very different to Europe as you’d expect. Aubry’s race program this season has consisted of three one-day races in the Spring classics before heading to the Gracia Orlova tour in Czech Republic.

Emily Aubry

Chongming is her second stage race of the season.

“We had nice weather, I think we have a great team here. The race is pretty flat and is well organised. It's a race for sprinters and it's great to be here with the sprinter we have,” she added.

“There are some teams here that I’ve never seen in my life before. You know the bigger teams but there’s a lot of Asian teams here racing against us and it makes it quite special. A lot of the teams aren’t on the level where they can affect the race but there is a race within a race to be the best Asian rider.”