Lotte Kopecky crosses the line ahead of Demi Vollering to win the elite women’s road race at the UCI Cycling World Championships. Lotte Kopecky, already a gold medallist on the track in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, emphatically won the elite women’s road race, ahead of the Tour de France Femmes champion, Demi Vollering. The 27-year-old Belgian, winner of the points at the Tour de France Femmes, broke clear of the leading group to claim her first road-race rainbow jersey in central Glasgow. Britain’s Lizzie Deignan finished a creditable sixth.
“I thought after those two world titles on the track, it would be almost impossible to win again on Sunday,” Kopecky, winner of both the elimination and points race, said. “Three world championships in seven days is too crazy. I didn’t dream of this when I was a little girl – back then, I just wanted to be competitive on the bike. I never knew I would become this good.”
If Kopecky’s win, given her recent form, was hardly a surprise, the sixth‑place finish of the former world road race champion Deignan, who had her second child less than a year ago, was unexpected. The resurgent Briton , who started the day expecting to race as a team helper, remained a serious contender for the medals until Kopecky’s decisive move, 6km from the finish. “I’m really pleased with my performance and tactically, I think I did what I could,” she said.
Deignan, who had ended the Tour de France Femmes two weeks […]