Lotta Lepistö wins fifth consecutive Finnish time trial title
Lotta Lepistö continued the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team’s winning streak in the national championships by winning the Finnish time trial title for the fifth consecutive year.
Lepistö’s victory comes after the team already picked up national time trial titles in Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland over the past week.
The Finnish star lined up for the 28-kilometre race against the clock and finished in 37 minutes 26 seconds.
“It was really windy,” she said. “There was a tailwind to the turning point. I caught the rider in front of me at the turning point then focussed on keeping the pace steady to the finish.”
“We don’t have too many long time trials in the year so I was a little nervous. This one was almost 30 kilometres. It doesn’t matter where you’re doing a TT, the effort always hurts. I did good preparation for this and I hope my improvements in the TT will pay off in the bigger races to come.”
When asked if she’s become accustomed to wearing the national colours, Lepistö said, “It’s always nice to wear the national championship kit. I bring the flag to Europe and the world. I always hear people saying it’s the best jersey in the peloton, not just from Finnish people. Finland isn’t a common cycling country in the world so it’s nice to go abroad and show off the jersey and show that Finnish people can get to the highest level in the sport if they have the passion for it.”
Lepistö will now turn her attention to the road race tomorrow.