Lotte Kopecky sprints to 2nd place in Giro d'Italia Women

Lotte Kopecky sprints to 2nd place in Giro d'Italia Women

"I rode a strong sprint"

08/07/2024

In the second stage of the Giro d'Italia Women, Team SD Worx-Protime took care of the bunch sprint. The Dutch World team gave chase and caught the escapees by the scruff of the neck. Lotte Kopecky then opened the sprint, but narrowly lost to Chiara Consonni. Elisa Balsamo came third. "My values in the sprint were good, it's a pity it was just not enough for the win," Kopecky said.

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"We rode a good race as a team," commented Lotte Kopecky. "Thanks to the work of my teammates, I was able to sprint for the win. So I would have liked to have won for them. I ride a very strong sprint, which shows my values. Of course I'm disappointed that it wasn't enough for the win. But I think I can be satisfied with my form. There are still several nice stages to come where Team SD Worx-Protime has a chance of winning," the world champion said.

Team leader Anna van der Breggen: "Our riders did a great job today. They closed the gap with the leaders completely on their own. However, we were not the top favourite for the stage win today and didn't have the leader's jersey in our ranks either. We didn't understand why the other teams just let it happen. But if you do nothing, you lose anyway. We went full steam ahead, so it is extra unfortunate that we just missed out. It would have been a nice win for the team. But tomorrow there is already another chance."

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