Leah Thomas talks about the upcoming year
Leah Thomas brought Bigla’s 2019 season to a close with an emphatic win at the Chrono des Nations at the end of October. Other season victories for our rider from the United States included a dominant performance at the Women’s Tour of Scotland, where she won the final stage, the general classification, as well as the points jersey, and her gold medal-winning performance in the individual time trial at the Pan American Championships.
After showing strong form this season, Leah has a lot to look forward to next year, and she tells us the goals that she’s set so far for the upcoming season:
“My ultimate aim for 2020 is to represent the USA in the Olympics in Tokyo. For me, the selection will predominately be determined by the successfulness of my Spring campaign. Coming into the season fit and mentally prepared to battle out every single race will therefore be instrumental to maximising the chances of achieving this goal. I had a pretty strong spring season last year, and will build upon what I learned this past season.
I also hope to represent the USA in the World Championships at the end of the season. I felt like an injury kept me from putting my best foot forward in the World Championships in Yorkshire, and I am hungry to prove I belong as one of the top time triallists in the world.”
Finally, I hope to produce strong results for the team, both in the Classics and in dynamic stage races. We have a strong roster, and any support that I can give to create success for the team will be imperative. As much of the team is the same as last year, we will come into the season with a strong foundation. We are willing to sacrifice for one another, and I am eager to play a key role in the dynamic style we chose to race.”
A strong time triallist, Leah won both the Pan American ITT Championships title, as well as the Chrono des Nations, this year.
Leah won the general classification at the inaugural edition of the Tour of Scotland this year, where she also won the points jersey as well as a stage.
Leah collects second place behind teammate Lizzy Banks after working to control the chasers from the breakaway on Stage 8 of the Giro Rosa
Leah in the peloton during the Grand Prix de Plouay - Lorient Agglomération Trophée, a 128 km road race in France this August.