Lotte Kopecky sprints to second place in Trofeo Alfredo Binda after Elisa Balsamo

Lotte Kopecky sprints to second place in Trofeo Alfredo Binda after Elisa Balsamo


Lotte Kopecky finished second in Trofeo Alfredo Binda. The world champion rode the Italian WorldTour race for the first time and was beaten in the sprint against Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek). "I am quite satisfied with this. Of course you always want to win, but Elisa was just faster. So I can live with this perfectly."

Linked race Trofeo Alfredo Binda 2024 - Linked cyclists Lotte Kopecky - Gekoppelde ploegleiders: Danny Stam

"I only traveled to Italy last minute and it's not like I thought: I'm going to quickly turn this race to my liking. It's not that easy, even though sometimes people seem to think it is. I did feel like I wanted to participate in this race and wanted to try to get the most out of it," said Lotte Kopecky. "I haven't revisited the sprint yet. I also had to really start my sprint at the moment I went. Elisa Balsamo was just faster. Of course you always want to win, but it's not always possible. So I'm happy with this result, though. This was the first time I rode Trofeo Alfredo Binda. It's completely different than a Flemish classic, but I like the race. There were a lot of altimeters in it. It was the ideal time to ride this race in function of what is still to come in the spring", concludes Kopecky, who has Gent-Wevelgem as her next race on the program.

Sports manager Danny Stam: "We knew Lotte could handle Trofeo Alfredo Binda perfectly. For her it may even be a fraction harder. We made the most of it today. We only flew Lotte in at the last minute. She felt like riding this race and did well. Lotte has started the spring season well. There is no curse on her jersey." 

"In itself it was a pretty 'tame' race, but we were present as a team," Stam continued. "We made the choice to attack, hoping to thin out the still large group. Niamh Fisher-Black rode an excellent race. On the climbs we tried to get rid of Elisa Balsamo, but she did a great job. Marlen Reusser also left a good impression. Such a first race after illness is always difficult to get back on track, but it raises the best hopes for what's to come in the spring. So I am satisfied with my team's performance today."

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