Two victories in two days for Moolman-Pasio, via Cervelo Bigla

  Photo Crédit: Maelys Relet Photographies Cyclisme.

Photo Crédit: Maelys Relet Photographies Cyclisme.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio took back to back victories in the Plumelec weekend of racing. On Saturday, Moolman-Pasio won Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames. The victory came after her win in La Classique for Morbihan on Friday.  

The South African was part of a five-rider group rushing to the line to contest the victory. As the peloton came closing in only metres behind, Moolman-Pasio kicked to win the race by a comfortable margin.

The Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team won the team classification for both days of racing.

“We had a very hard day on Friday and we wanted to make sure Ashleigh was not isolated today,” team manager, Thomas Campana said. “Mentally, the team decided to go very deep today again. They are very tired right now but they were great. They stayed around Ashleigh until the last lap. She’s in the form of her life right now and she could go hard on the climb that suited her very well. It was again a great team effort and they protected her well. We knew Ashleigh’s quality and she could finish the job off.”

Moolman-Pasio praised the team performance saying a victory like this would not be possible without the support she received. “I’m actually without words. The girls were so united and always together. That makes a big difference to me to feel everyone is behind the team plan and going for the win. Cille [Uttrup Ludwig] was incredible, always pulling on the front together with Lotta [Lepistö]. Clara [Koppenburg] has taken such a big step up in these races and it’s been great to see. Nicole [Hanselmann] was great too. After the girls got dropped, they’d fight to come back then go straight to the front. Ann-Sophie [Duyck] cramped on the finish line, that’s how deep everyone went. I’m so grateful for the team support.”

Moolman-Pasio gave some insight into the talks the team had leading up to the race.  

“We always thank our team after we win but if there was TV footage, people would actually see how great we raced together. We had a talk before the race and Thomas said if we want equality with the men and be treated like them, we have to ride like them and this was a demonstration of amazing racing. We were always together as a team, communicating and keeping our lead-out line. The team was incredible and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.”

Source: Cervelo Bigla Pro Team press release

 Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

Victory as Moolman-Pasio successfully defends La Classique for Morbihan

In a repeat of last year, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, once again won La Classique for Morbihan. The defending champion was part of a group of eight riders that included teammate, Ann-Sophie Duyck, which ended up being the decisive move of the day.

Duyck was seen putting in a huge effort to ensure the break got an advantage to stay away. Moolman-Pasio opened the sprint with 300 metres to go and was quick to credit the entire Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team after crossing the finish line.

“The team was really incredible from kilometre one we just dominated the race and had a very united front and we all rode very well together as a team. Every girl gave everything for the win today in really challenging conditions. It was already a hard race with some interesting gravel sections, I actually punctured in the second gravel section and Clara [Koppenburg] stopped to give me a wheel and Nicole [Hanselmann] came back to bring me back. Then the rain started pouring, and we went the wrong way, and we had to stop and turn around. And then there was lightning and then there was hail. Everything, that could possibly happen happened.”

Team manager, Thomas Campana, said after a challenging spring campaign the team stayed committed and has been working toward this moment. “The victory took quite some time and we had really a hard spring with almost half of the riders sick over months now. Now, we are still not at full strength, but today it was really a victory for the whole team. We needed the victory and that gave the team a major boost for their upcoming races, so it was really a team effort with a brilliant leader, with Ashleigh, winning the race.”

Moolman-Pasio said the victory was made even more special after starting the race with bib number one as the defending champion, “That’s really a good feeling. It is a really special feeling to have started with number one and to finish with number one.”

Source: Cervelo Bigla Pro Team press release