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First Finnish cyclist to win individual medal at World Championships

Road cyclist Lotta Lepistö made history on Saturday when she won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She is the first Finnish cyclist to win an individual medal in road racing at the international level.

Lepistö juhli MM-pronssia lokakuussa 2016.
Cyclist Lotta Lepistö celebrates her win. Image: AOP

After racing nearly 135 kilometres at the World Championships in Doha on Saturday, cyclist Lotta Lepistö made Finnish sports history by winning a bronze medal.

In a tight race that was played out during the last 2 kilometres, Lepistö lost out to gold medalist Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark and silver medallist Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands.

This was the second medal for Lepistö in Qatar. Last Sunday she won a Cérvelo-Bigla pro cycling team bronze medal. 

For the first time in the 89-year history of the UCI Road World Championships, the race took place in the Middle East. Due to Qatar's heat, the Championships were moved from their traditional September date to mid-October.

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