Lotte Kopecky relaxed to Strade Bianche, where she won her first major victory last season

Lotte Kopecky relaxed to Strade Bianche, where she won her first major victory last season

"To Italy without pressure"


Lotte Kopecky and Team SD Worx were right on target in the opening weekend. The 27-year-old Belgian convincingly added Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to her record. Last season, she picked up her first big win of her career with Strade Bianche. "It will always remain a special victory for me," Lotte Kopecky looks back. "Thanks to my win in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, I will arrive at the start of Strade Bianche with no pressure. Winning the same race twice in a row is difficult, but I'm going to try anyway."

Linked race Strade Bianche - Linked cyclists Lotte Kopecky Demi Vollering Elena Cecchini Niamh Fisher-Black Anna Shackley Mischa Bredewold - Gekoppelde ploegleiders: Anna van der Breggen Danny Stam

Lotte Kopecky looks more relaxed and sharp than ever. Last weekend, she became the first Belgian ever to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Last year, she pulled off the same trick in Strade Bianche. "It was my first win of that calibre. That and especially the way I won makes this race so special for me. My first season with Team SD Worx was simply great. The second has already started well."

In Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Lotte Kopecky convincingly popped away from everything and everyone on the Muur van Geraardsbergen and the Bosberg. "It's true that I've never been better. Although we did factor in that the real super form should only come in three to four weeks, so there should still be room for improvement."

"The opening weekend could not have been better for Team SD Worx. My victory in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad tastes like more. After this win, the motivation for the Strade is very high. I will go full steam ahead. The confidence is there. Strade Bianche suits me. I like the course. My form is good and I am part of a super strong Team SD Worx."

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