Équipe Paule Ka

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Équipe Paule Ka
Bigla Cycling Team logo.jpg
Team information
UCI code
  • TBG (2005)
  • BCT (2006–2009, 2012–2015)
  • CBT (2016–2018)
  • BIG (2019–2020)
  • EPK (2020)
Registered
Founded2005 (2005)
Disbanded2020 (2020)
Discipline(s) Road
Status UCI Women's Team
Bicycles BMC (2005–2009, 2012–2014)
Cervélo (2015–2018)
Chapter 2 (2019–2020)
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General managerErnst Meier, Mario Vonhof
Team manager(s)Emil R. Zimmermann
Team name history
2005
2006–2015
2016–2018
2019
2020
2020
Team Bigla
Bigla Cycling Team [1]
Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling
Bigla Pro Cycling
Bigla–Katusha
Équipe Paule Ka

Équipe Paule Ka [2] ( UCI team code:EPK) was a professional cycling team based in Switzerland, which competed in elite road bicycle racing events such as the UCI Women's World Tour.

Contents

Team history

The team at the 2015 Le Samyn des Dames Quaregnon - Le Samyn, 4 mars 2015, depart (B04).JPG
The team at the 2015 Le Samyn des Dames

2015

For the 2015 season the team announced the signing of Annemiek van Vleuten, [3] Ashleigh Moolman [4] Shelley Olds, Doris Schweizer, Iris Slappendel and Sharon Laws. The team also extended the contracts of Vera Koedooder and Lotta Lepistö. On October 30 the Cyclingnews.com announced the signing of Joëlle Numainville. [5] On November 20 the team signed Clara Koppenburg and Caroline Baur as well as extending the contracts of Nicole Hanselmann and Emilie Aubry. On December 1 Jacqueline Hahn and Désirée Ehrler left the team to join Feminine Cycling Team.

2016

In September 2015 it was announced that Cervélo, who supplied bicycle frames for the team in 2015, would become a title sponsor for the 2016 season, with the team becoming Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling. [6]

In September 2016, the team announced that British rider Ciara Horne would be joining with immediate effect, and would compete with the team in the team time trial at the World Championships. [7]

2020 funding issues

In June 2020, the team's title sponsors Bigla and Katusha Sports announced they would withdraw funding for the team, with the team having to access their UCI bank guarantee in previous months in order to pay rider and staff wages. Paule Ka, a French ready-to-wear clothing brand was later announced as the new title sponsor for the team, agreeing to a deal through to the end of 2024. [2] In October there was uncertainty over the team's future with the team drawing on a UCI bank guarantee to pay rider's salaries. [8] On 16 October the team announced that it would cease racing and close with immediate effect. [9]

Team roster

The team at the 2019 Holland Ladies Tour 2019 BLT Stramproy start Bigla.jpg
The team at the 2019 Holland Ladies Tour
As of 29 July 2020. [10] [11]
RiderDate of birth
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Lizzy Banks  (GBR) (1990-11-07)7 November 1990 (aged 29)
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Elise Chabbey  (SUI) (1993-04-24)24 April 1993 (aged 27)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Niamh Fisher-Black  (NZL) (2000-08-12)12 August 2000 (aged 19)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Mikayla Harvey  (NZL) (1998-09-07)7 September 1998 (aged 21)
Flag of Germany.svg  Clara Koppenburg  (GER) (1995-08-03)3 August 1995 (aged 24)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Emma Cecilie Norsgaard  (DNK) (1999-07-26)26 July 1999 (aged 21)
RiderDate of birth
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Nikola Nosková  (CZE) (1997-07-01)1 July 1997 (aged 23)
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Marlen Reusser  (SUI) (1991-09-20)20 September 1991 (aged 28)
Flag of Italy.svg  Maria Vittoria Sperotto  (ITA) (1996-11-20)20 November 1996 (aged 23)
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Kathrin Stirnemann  (SUI) (1989-10-22)22 October 1989 (aged 30)
Flag of the United States.svg  Leah Thomas  (USA) (1989-05-30)30 May 1989 (aged 31)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Sophie Wright  (GBR) (1999-03-15)15 March 1999 (aged 21)

Major wins

National and continental champions

2005
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Time Trial, Zoulfia Zabirov
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Road Race, Zoulfia Zabirova
2006
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Time Trial, Zoulfia Zabirov
2007
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Time Trial, Zoulfia Zabirov
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Road Race, Zoulfia Zabirova
2008
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Track (Omnium), Andrea Wolfer
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Time Trial, Zoulfia Zabirov
MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Road Race, Zoulfia Zabirova
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Jennifer Hohl
2009
MaillotItalia.svg Italy Time Trial, Noemi Cantele
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Karin Thürig
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Jennifer Hohl
2012
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial (Juniors), Caroline Baur
2013
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Road Race, Andrea Graus
2014
MaillotAustria.PNG Austria Road Race, Jacqueline Hahn
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Road Race, Lotta Lepistö
2015
MaillotSudafrica.PNG South Africa Time Trial, Ashleigh Moolman
MaillotSudafrica.PNG South Africa Road Race, Ashleigh Moolman
African Continental Champion Jersey.png African Time Trial, Ashleigh Moolman
African Continental Champion Jersey.png African Road Race, Ashleigh Moolman
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Time Trial, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Doris Schweizer
MaillotCan.PNG Canada Road Race, Joelle Numainville
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Road Race, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotHolanda.PNG Netherlands Track (Points race), Vera Koedooder
2016
MaillotUSA.PNG USA Time Trial, Carmen Small
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Time Trial, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Road Race, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Track (Individual Pursuit), Lisa Klein
2017
MaillotSudafrica.PNG South Africa Time Trial, Ashleigh Moolman
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Time Trial, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Road Race, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotDinamarca.svg Denmark Time Trial, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
MaillotAlemania.PNG Germany Road Race, Lisa Klein
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Road Race, Nicole Hanselmann
MaillotPolonia.PNG Poland Track (Scratch race), Daria Pikulik
2018
MaillotBelgica.PNG Belgium Time Trial, Ann-Sophie Duyck
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Time Trial, Lotta Lepistö
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Nicole Hanselmann
MaillotDinamarca.svg Denmark Time Trial, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
MaillotFin.PNG Finland Road Race, Lotta Lepistö
2019
EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png European Track (Madison), Julie Leth
2020
MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG New Zealand Road Race, Niamh Fisher-Black
MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG New Zealand U23 Road Race, Niamh Fisher-Black
MaillotSuiza.PNG Switzerland Time Trial, Marlen Reusser
MaillotRepublicaCheca.PNG Czech Time Trial, Nikola Nosková
MaillotDinamarca.PNG Denmark Road Race, Emma Cecilie Norsgaard


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