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by Shane Stokes
November 8, 2017
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Winner of the women’s Gent Wevelgem, the Dwars Door Vlaanderen, a stage of the Giro Rosa and the Crescent Vargada this year, Lotta Lepistö is aiming to repeat that success but be more consistent in 2018.
“With regards to results, it was better than ever,” she said this week. “I wasn’t too happy with my performance though because it was too up and down throughout the year. I was a little sick in the spring then had back problems at the end of the season which affected me at the world championships.
“My performance in general is good, so as long as I train hard I know I’ll be at a good level. The preparation for Gent Wevelgem and the Giro was perfect which is why I managed to get victories there. But I was very disappointed at the end of the year at world champs because I wasn’t able to go to that top level.”
The Finnish rider was a non-finisher at the worlds due to her back issues. She admits being extremely disappointed, saying she was ‘crying like a baby’ afterwards, but sees things in perspective now. “It’s one race in a year and I have to look back at the big races I’ve won this year so I can’t be too disappointed.”
She will remain part of the Cervélo-Bigla setup in 2018 and will be one of its top riders. She said she is still learning how to be a leader. “I’m learning how to communicate. Sometimes I’m too straightforward,” she said. “Sometimes that’s good, but other times you have to read the situation. It’s a team and most of the time we should have fun. Of course we need to be professional but we should be happy and have fun. Cycling is such a good learning school for the future life, it makes you tougher.”
Click through to read more at the Cervélo-Bigla team site.