When Cervélo become a title sponsor of Cervélo-Bigla at the start of the 2016 season, the goal was to build on a history of success in women’s pro racing aboard R, S and P Series bikes.
Mission accomplished: At the conclusion of the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour season the team’s wins totalled 19, four more than in 2016. Combine this with dozens of podiums — including a bronze medal in the team time trial at the Road World Championships — and all signs point to an even stronger 2018.
Team leader Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio was the first to triumph in 2017 when she claimed the gold medal in the South African time trial championships. (Five more national titles would be won over the next few months.) In a sign of things to come, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig won the overall in the Semana Ciclista Valenciana, cementing her hold on the WorldTour youth classification she would go on to win. Lotta Lepistö again proved to be one of the world’s fastest sprinters by winning Dwars Door Vlaanderen and then, just four days later, claiming the team’s first-ever WorldTour victory in Gent-Wevelgem. After missing the Women’s Tour due to illness, Lepistö also won stage 6 of the Giro Rosa, her first-ever Grand Tour. Stephanie Pohl soloed to victory in Berner Rundfahrt, and Moolman-Pasio adding more wins to the team’s tally at the Emakumeen Bira, La Classique Morbihan and the GP de Plumelec Morihan.