Lotte Kopecky emotional after winning the elite women’s road race at the Glasgow World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)
Lotte Kopecky rarely reveals emotions, highs or lows, publicly, but the tears that streamed down her cheeks after winning her third rainbow jersey at the Glasgow Worlds gave us all a glimpse, and perhaps some understanding, into just how difficult her season has been and how much she has had to overcome on her path to becoming the best cyclist in the world.
“It’s been an amazing year but also a hard year. I don’t know what keeps me pushing," said Kopecky, who paused for several moments between words and sentences as she wiped tears from her eyes and thought about what to say to the press.
There was a sense of triumph, relief, loss and sadness all in one short but honest statement.
It is now widely known that Kopecky’s older brother Seppe died suddenly and unexpectedly in March. He was 29 years old. He raced as a junior and then for seven years, and he was an inspiration for Kopecky’s highly successful career.
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