Mixed feelings for Lotte Kopecky who secures green jersey after third place in Blagnac

Mixed feelings for Lotte Kopecky who secures green jersey after third place in Blagnac

"There might have been more in it"


For the sixth stage in a row, Team SD Worx finished in the top ten. Once again the peloton played a cat-and-mouse game with the breakaway group and once again the riders in front were rewarded for their efforts. Emma Norsgaard was able to cheer before a sprinting peloton that came just too late Kopecky finished third. "I am obviously disappointed, but at the same time I am proud to take home the green jersey," she said.

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Lotte Kopecky was bitter after another podium finish in the yellow jersey. "I thought it would be fine and that we would grab escapees. But the peloton miscalculated. The breakaway riders were very strong as it went pretty hard in the chase. So all credit to them. Of course I am disappointed and frustrated. I don't know if in a sprint for the win I would have been beaten by Charlotte Kool. I am happy with my sprint, because the positioning was good and I made the right decisions. Looking forward to the world championships, this gives me a boost."

Her third-place finish secures Lotte Kopecky the points classification, provided she gets through the last two stages. She is now 69 points ahead of chaser Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. "Looking back on your career later, it's nice that you managed to win the green jersey in the Tour de France Femmes. So I'm definitely proud of that. Other than that, it has already been a great week. Had you told me beforehand that I would ride the queen stage in yellow, I would never have believed it. I have enjoyed every day in yellow. So this is a dream. I hope Demi can take over the jersey tomorrow. I will help Demi as far as I can."

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