What it means to sacrifice for others
Cycling is a team sport. Even though one rider is crowned the winner, there are unsung heroes who made the result possible. Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team has enjoyed an incredible start to the season. Lotta Lepistö got the Spring Classics off to the best possible start by winning Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent Wevelgem.
Earlier this year, the team launched its values for 2017, the values are displayed on the Endura kit:
Lisa Klein and Marie Vilmann are two riders who have buried themselves for the team goal this season. They answer what it means to sacrifice and unite as a team.
In Vlaanderen, with 20km to go, I saw that Lotta was the fastest sprinter in our group and I knew she would win. I said to myself I will bring her to the line because I believed she would win. I was working in the front to drive it home. When there were attacks, I paced steady until it came back all together. I was not able to jump with the moves but rode a steady pace to come back to the front. Hannah Barnes attacked with 3km to go and I rode steady on the front to bring her back then prepared the leadout for Lotta from 2km to go until 500m to go.
Cycling is a team sport. If the team is united, then we can win. If the team is not united, you cannot win because you cannot win on your own. This is the key. We had some back luck when Cecilie punctured out of the front group. It would have been easier for me if she was there but in the end we did it. Cycling is a team sport and I had to go deep and bury myself for Lotta. I know that my time will come to get a result and that’s how it works. I love these kind of races, I love the Spring Classics, I love everything about the course and love this area.
I think we’re all really motivated. I feel like everyone had a really good winter and came back motivated to race and develop as a group. One of the key areas is that we want to help each other and sacrifice for each other. Sometimes you can feel in the bunch that some teams are not working well together and I feel like we work for each other and want to have the best result for the leader. Whether it’s Cecilie or Lotta winning, I feel really proud. You could see the photo this week of me celebrating after finding out Lotta won. We’re all competitive people so you want to do your best, that can also push us forward. When we push each other, the whole group gets better. We have different characteristics, some are climbers, some are sprinters but we work well together. For instance, Trofeo Binda is a hilly race but Lotta and Lisa were there covering everything in the beginning and survived for a long time because we have one team goal.