Rasa Polikevičiūtė

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Rasa Polikevičiūtė
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Rasa Polikevičiūtė during the introductions prior to one of the stages of the 2002 Women's Challenge stage race. She is wearing the Rainbow Jersey which signifies that she was the (then) current World Road Race Champion.
Personal information
Full nameRasa Polikevičiūtė
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 48)
Panevėžys, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Professional team(s)
1999Entente Panevezys-Casteljaloux
2000–2002Acca Due O
2003Team 2002 Aurora RSM
2004USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
2005Team Bianchi-Aliverti
2007–2008USC Chirio Forno D'Asolo

Rasa Polikevičiūtė (born September 25, 1970 in Panevėžys) is a Lithuanian cycle racer. She was one of the first in a long line of Lithuanian cyclists who, together, established Lithuania as one of the powerhouses of women's cycle racing in the 1990s and beyond. One of her Lithuanian cycling contemporaries is her identical twin, Jolanta Polikevičiūtė.

She began cycling at age 13 under the influence of her childhood athletic coach and made her professional debut in 1990. Her top results in the years to come would include an overall victory at the 1997 Women's Challenge and a victory in the 2001 World Road Race Championships.

Along the way, she mastered several languages - besides her native Lithuanian, she also speaks Russian, Italian, and French.

Palmarès[edit]

1993
  • GP de la Mutualite Haute Garonne - 3rd place
  • Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin - stage victory
  • Berlin Rundfahrt - 1st place, 2 stage victories
  • Druzhba - 1st place, stage victory
  • Velka Cena Presova - 2nd place, stage victory
1994
1995
  • Lithuanian Road Race Championships - 1st place
  • Lithuanian Time Trial Championships - 1st place
  • Etoile Vosgienne - 3rd place, 1 stage victory
  • Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin - 2nd place, 1 stage victory
  • Vuelta a Mallorca - stage victory
1996
1997
  • Krasna Lipa - 2nd place, stage victory
  • Haute Garonne - stage victory
  • Tour du Finistere - 2nd place, 1 stage victory
  • Trophee d'Or - 3rd place, 1 stage victory
  • Liberty Classic - 2nd place
  • Women's Challenge - 1st place, stage victory
  • Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin- 4th place
1998
1999
  • Tour de Suisse Feminin - 5th place, stage victory
  • Thüringen-Rundfahrt - 3rd place, QOM jersey
2000
2001
2002
2003

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Lithuania Virgilijus Alekna
Best Lithuanian sportsman of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Lithuania Raimondas Rumšas