Lotta Lepistö wins seventh consecutive national road title
Lotta Lepistö backed her time trial title up with a win in the road race on Saturday. The Finnish sprinter said the win was made more special because the race took place just 1 kilometre from her family home in Noormarkku
Lepistö was able to handle the pressure of racing on home roads as well as being the overwhelming favourite to take an impressive seventh win of the title.
“Even though I’ve had the jersey for a long time, I don’t take it for granted. I always have to earn it, it’s just very special to have it,” a cheerful Lepistö said.
The championships route took place on a 12,5km loop raced 8 times.
“The race was a little stressful because everyone watches my every move. There was some wind but no climbs so it was difficult to make a hard race which is what I like. We eventually were a small group coming to the line and the straight to the finish line was uphill so I decided to go early with 400 metres to go and dropped everyone.”
“I want to say thanks to everyone who kept cheering me in the race. I just kept hearing ‘Go Lotta.’ It’s nice to have the local support,” Lepistö concluded.
Photo: Pasi Mattila