Cycling: The Bigla Cycling Team had a successful weekend at national championships across Europe. The team riders were able to win a total of seven medals: 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals.
Finland's Lotta Lepistö was the most successful. She won gold twice. First, she won the 32,5-kilometer individual time trial in a superior manner. Lepistö was able to gain a lead of 2:29 minutes over second-placed Merja Särkioja. Laura Vainionpää was third (+2:38). The next day, Lotta Lepistö defended her road racing title from last year, giving herself a fantastic birthday present. In the sprint of a group of three she was clearly the strongest and won ahead of Sari Saarelainen (Servetto Footon) and Vainionpää. “That was the best birthday present I could have gotten today”said Lepisto.
Austria's Jacqueline Hahn also won two medals. She was second in the individual time trial, 43 seconds behind Martina Ritter (BTC City Ljubljana), while Barbara Meyer was third (+1:40). Verena Eberhardt from the Bigla Future Team finished 10th (+3:03). The next day, Hahn won gold in the road race. In the final, a group of six racers, including all the favourites, pulled away. Hahn was the strongest in the sprint and won clearly ahead of Christina Perchtold (Lower Austria Radunion Vitalogic) and Ritter. Verena Eberhardt also won gold in the U23 race.
At the German Championships, Martina Zwick won bronze in the road race. She won the sprint of the chasing group, which finished 23 seconds behind Lisa Brennauer and Trixi Worrack (both Specialized-lululemon), who tied for first and second. Elke Gebhardt finished 22nd. "I'm so happy. This is a dream come true”, according to Zwick.
Nicole Hanselmann got the 7th medal for the Bigla Cycling Team. As previously reported, she finished third in the individual time trial at the Swiss Championships.
In the road race, the Swiss women had no luck. Désirée Ehrler was part of the decisive group of six, but was only able to finish 6th. Before that, Martina Weiss from the Bigla Future Team had dominated the race for a long time when she led the race alone as a breakaway before she was brought back by the favorites. Vera Koedooder was also unable to celebrate the success she had hoped for. In the Netherlands she only reached 23rd place.