October 27, 2015 – Gabrielle Pilote Fortin is the latest rider who will form part of the team for 2016, as it continues its commitment to the development of young talent. The 22-year-old is the current under 23 Canadian national road champion.
This season she split her time racing between Europe and home. Pilote Fortin says she is relishing the opportunity to be based in Europe, as it is a dream come true.
“I am really excited to be a part of this squad. I’ve raced before in Europe but this is so far the biggest team I’ve ever been and I am very happy to have the opportunity to race with some of the best riders in the world,” she said.
Having previously competed in prestigious events like Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Pilote Fortin gained more experience this year by lining up in La Flèche Wallonne and the Elsy Jacobs tour. “I love racing in Europe, ever since I first raced over in Belgium for kermesses and the world championships in Copenhagen as a junior, I knew it was what I prefer over everything in bike racing. I am taking this opportunity very seriously and with a lot of joy and motivation.”
Team Manager, Thomas Campana gave some insight into the latest signing. “We’re not just building for next year but would like to build a sustainable team into the future. Gabrielle fits into our plans of developing stars for the future such as Clara Koppenburg and Lisa Klein. We’re delighted she has chosen our team to be part of and we’re looking forward to working with her.”
Bigla Pro Cycling Team will be re-branded as Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling from 2016. Confirmed riders include Stephanie Pohl, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Carmen Small, Joëlle Numainville, Lotta Lepistö, Lisa Klein and Clara Koppenburg.