96th UCI Cycling World Championships Glasgow 2023 – Day 11 Lotte Kopecky of Belgium pulled on her third rainbow jersey in this year’s UCI World Championship after winning the elite women’s road race in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday. It was the first time in 50 years that a Belgian rider has won the World Championship road race.
Demi Vollering of Netherlands finished second, and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Denmark rounded out the podium to claim bronze. What happened
Slick roads greeted over 200 riders at the start line of the 154-kilometer course, which had been touted as one of the hardest one-day races on the pro women’s calendar this year. The race delivered on that promise, with the pace reaching a punishing level from almost the very beginning. Riders kicked things off at the front with aggressive accelerations and attacks, stringing out the group and ejecting riders out the back as soon as the legs were warmed up.
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The first breakaway took off, led by Lizzie Deignan of Great Britain, along with six other top riders in the world, at the 134km mark and, surprisingly, the peloton didn’t react to bring them back. Before long, this lead group opened an approximately 30 second gap and stayed away for over 22km before it was reabsorbed.
The next major attack was launched by Teniel Campbell of […]