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Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) won the women’s world road title after attacking late out an elite group in an exciting finale Sunday.
The Belgian rider attacked on the final climb to carve out the winning margin to put an exclamation point on what’s been amazing season for the SD Worx star.
“It’s already been an amazing year, but also in some ways a very hard year. I don’t know what keeps me pushing,” Kopecky said. “I don’t know what I was thinking, but it really means a lot to me. It is kind of a dream that comes true. I really hope to enjoy riding those rainbows next year.”
In the final road race to close out “Super Worlds,” a super group of six riders placed themselves into medal contention going into the bell lap.
Kopecky attacked on a climb with 6km to go to drop Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark) to distance the group. Behind, Demi Vollering (Netherlands), Lizzie Deignan (Great Britian), Marlen Reusser (Switzerland), and Christina Schweinberg (Austria) tried to limit the losses.
Kopecky powered alone over the final assault up Montrose Street, with Uttrup Ludwig trying to hold onto silver, with pro teammates Reusser and Vollering chasing desperately behind. The others couldn’t match the pace.Vollering caught Uttrup Ludwig to grab silver, with Reusser closing the line fourth.Kopecky is the first Belgian winner of women’s road race since Nicole van de […]