Lotte Kopecky soloing to impressive win in Nokere Koerse, Lorena Wiebes completes triumph with second place

Lotte Kopecky soloing to impressive win in Nokere Koerse, Lorena Wiebes completes triumph with second place

"It seemed like there were two of us riding"


Team SD Worx's race plan was clear: make the course hard. Lotte Kopecky showed the most activity, soloing to a very handsome victory just days after her eldest brother passed away. "I was tremendously strong. It seemed like we were riding in pairs. Nice that with Team SD Worx we finished on one and two again," said Lotte Kopecky after her second win of the season.

Linked race Danilith Nokere Koerse - Linked cyclists Lotte Kopecky - Gekoppelde ploegleiders: Danny Stam

Team SD Worx wanted to make the race hard in Nokere-Koerse and so Lotte Kopecky went on the attack as early as Tiegemberg-Vossenhol. She got Anna Henderson as a companion, but the duo was caught. Team SD Worx continued to colour the race and again Lotte Kopecky went on the attack. She was briefly joined by Aude Biannic and Eleonora Gasparrini, but after the cobbles of Wannegem-Lede, no one could follow Kopecky's pace. After which she rode solo to victory. 

"Not much was going through my head during my solo. The past few days weren't easy, but there's no point in letting my head hang down and sitting at home on the sofa. Last week I decided to ride Nokere-Koerse, I didn't want to deviate from that. Somehow it was nice to join the team on Tuesday, laugh a bit and try to think as little as possible about what happened. I am someone who needs to be able to take my mind off things. That worked out well."

Kopecky was unstoppable in the race. "I wanted to make the most of it today, I wasn't thinking about winning beforehand. I didn't want to spare myself today. That way I could still let myself off a bit. I was tremendously strong. I hope I was able to make my brother a bit proud."

Lorena Wiebes completed the triumph by finishing second. "I tried to start early because I know a long sprint is possible here. It's super nice that Lotte succeeds me as winner. With the team, we get one and two again, it can't get any better. This fifth consecutive win for the team is the perfect start to the season."

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