Fueled by peaches: A Day in the Life of Pro Cyclist Lotta Lepistö

by Anne-Marije Rook


Having found her sprinter legs, Finnish road and time trial champion Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) is enjoying quite the breakout summer with a stage wins in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Emakumeen Bira and GP Elsy Jacobs; two more national champion titles to add to her palmares, and second place finishes at La Course and in Sweden’s Vårgårda.

The latter was an emotional one for her, as she explained afterward, “I’m really emotional about this because I did this race before I became a professional in 2008 or 2009 and I was dropped on the second lap. Now I’m on the podium so I hope this encourages young Finnish riders.”

Speaking of inspiring the future generation of Finnish riders, Lepistö was the only cyclist to sport the blue-and-white colours of Finland at the 2016 Rio Olympics earlier this month. And while the hilly terrain of the courses did not suit the 27-year-old, who finished 51st in the road race and 17th in the time trial, she said it was an “amazing experience” all the same.

In between the Sweden races and this weekend’s penultimate Women’s WorldTour race in Plouay, France, Lepistö was able to go home to Girona, Spain, for a few days. While home, she took over the Ella Twitter account to give us an inside look in her daily life.

Lepistö is the fifth rider in our Twitter Takeover series, an interactive way to provide our readers with unique insights into the daily lives of pro cyclists, and to answers the questions of “what do they eat?”, “How do they train?” and “what do they do all day”.

Here’s how Lepistö spends her days training in Girona:

Thank you all for tuning in and a big thank you to Lotta for sharing her day with us!

Follow @ellacyclingtips and the hashtag #adayinthelife to see Lotta Lepistö’s full day, and stay tuned for more Twitter takeovers.

Up next is cyclocrosser Helen Wyman on September 14. Who else would you like to hear from. Let us know in the comments below.

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