Leah Thomas is the latest new signing to Cervélo Bigla for 2019
The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team is pleased to welcome Leah Thomas to the team. This announcement comes after the signings of Sophie Wright and Nikola Nosková as the team continues to reinforce and innovate its structure.
Thomas will shift her focus from what has been a predominately U.S. based race calendar to the UCI Women’s World Tour.
The 29-year-old has already enjoyed success in Europe after winning the Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic this year and will be looking to add to that with the Swiss-based team. On Sunday, Thomas won the prestigious Chrono Champenois time trial in France.
“Signing a U.S. rider is important for our partners but she’s also an important personality towards the Olympic Games,” team manager, Thomas Campana said. “The plan with Leah is to help her get a spot in the time trial in Tokyo. She’s very focussed and keen to make her way in the European World Tour races. That was a decisive factor for us and her overall qualities are very good and we want to help her to reach her goals.”
Thomas says making this move to a predominantly UCI World Tour calendar is instrumental in her development.
“As a young adult, I promised myself to keep seeking out new experiences that push my comfort zone. I know that Cervélo Bigla will push me in all the necessary ways to become a better cyclist while providing structure, consistency and the support necessary to develop significantly as an athlete. I am grateful that they see promise in my athletic ability and are willing to develop a program with me to help me reach my full potential,” Thomas said.
With regards to the role she sees herself playing in the team, Thomas said, “My goal is to be one of the main support riders, yet tactically and physically strong enough to be able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise, and force other teams to respond in the race to my strategic moves. I am an all-rounder with a strong time trial. I am a decent climber and bring considerable endurance to the table in long, aggressive races, useful in domestique roles as well as the pursuit of GC results. On a personal front, I hope to further refine my time trial skills in the coming season and explore other areas of potential strength,” she concluded.
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