Cycling – UCI World Championships 2023 – Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – August 13, 2023 Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky celebrates winning the women’s elite road race REUTERS/Maja Smiejkowska GLASGOW, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky crowned a magnificent UCI World Championships with a blistering late attack to win the women’s elite road race on the streets of Glasgow on Sunday.
Kopecky, who won two golds on the track during the championships, burst from a small group of leaders on the final lap of the city circuit and powered to victory.
Denmark’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig initially managed to go with Kopecky but she could not cope with the Belgian’s speed.
Kopecky cruised over the line at the end of the 150km trek, celebrating her first world road title.
Dutchwoman Demi Vollering, who won the recent Tour de France Femmes, pipped Uttrup Ludwig to the line to take silver.
Kopecky’s hat-trick of golds from the Glasgow world championships included her titles in the elimination and points races at the Chris Hoy Velodrome where she also won a bronze medal in the omnium.
The final action from the 11 day championships that included virtually every cycling discipline and 46 world titles up for grabs, proved a fitting climax to a two-wheeled festival with thousands lining the streets of Glasgow.Beginning near Loch Lomond, the race was always likely to really ignite once the riders arrived for the six 14.3km circuits of the city alongside the River Clyde.Swiss rider Elise Chabbey was the first to show her hand with an attack […]