Women’s podium (l-r): silver medalist Demi Vollering (Netherlands), gold medalist Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) and bronze medalist Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark) (Image credit: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)
Lotte Kopecky was the odds-on favourite to win the UCI Road World Championships in Glasgow, she had declared she wouldn’t let anything set off her nerves in the race, and she certainly didn’t look nervous as she decimated what was left of the field and stormed off to victory.
The Belgian’s steely demeanour cracked in front of the cameras, however, and she couldn’t hold back the tears. Although she wouldn’t directly address the death of her brother in March – she just talked about how she trained through it. "You can stay home and sit on your sofa or you get out and get the work done and I chose the second," was her reply to queries in the press conference later.
Not all of the riders in peloton are so stone-faced. Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) climbed off during the time trial , citing mental fatigue and a lack of desire to push herself. She obviously overcame those feelings in the women’s race as she fought to put her country on the podium.
Bronze medalist Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark) replied eloquently to questions about Reusser’s statement, "I’m not a machine"
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