WORLDS’23 Ladies’s RR: Kopecky Kops the Rainbow!

World Championships Race Report: Lotte Kopecky is the brand new girls’s World street champion. After a tricky race of 154 kilometres to and round Glasgow, the highest favorite from Belgium was the most effective of a powerful elite group. She made her transfer 5.5 kilometres from the end on Scott Avenue, the place she dropped Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. Demi Vollering took the silver medal with an robust dash from Ludwig.

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The win for Belgium and Lotte Kopecky

Kasia Niewiadoma and Chloe Dygert couldn’t begin as a result of sickness. After a quiet begin, the race cut up early. A robust main group obtained away, together with Ashleigh Moolman, Lizzie Deignan, Elise Chabbey, Blanka Kata Vas and Juliette Labous. The Netherlands and Belgium additionally had a rider with Mischa Bredewold and Sanne Cant. Italy and Germany missed the transfer and rode laborious on the Crow Highway climb, ripping the peloton in to 2 teams.

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Ladies’s street race map and profile

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One other moist begin

The climb was too quick for Marianne Vos, Shirin van Anrooij, Chiara Consonni, Silvia Persico, Cédrine Kerbaol and Ally Wollaston, and others. They have been in a second group that misplaced 1:30. As a result of the peloton had caught the main group at 110 kilometres from the end, it eased off within the run-up to the circuit in Glasgow. This allowed the Vos group to rejoin.

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A robust group obtained away earlier than the climb of the Crow Highway

A crash eradicated Bredewold and Lorena Wiebes, who had been sick final week, additionally dropped out early. High favourites Lotte Kopecky and Demi Vollering needed to watch every part, as there have been gaps within the peloton. There was additionally loads of nervousness, which led to a crash with Emma Norsgaard, with different riders concerned. Marlen Reusser then initiated of a number one group of seven, however that try was countered by the Belgian workforce.

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The peloton saved the tempo regular

An elite group of greater than 30 riders began the final 70 kilometres. Kopecky nonetheless had Justine Ghekiere along with her, whereas the Netherlands had Vollering, Van Vleuten, Markus, Van Anrooij and Loes Adegeest.

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Though there have been riders in bother

Dangerous luck for Van Vleuten, who had a free entrance wheel 65 kilometres from the end. She needed to chase again to the peloton on her personal, the place Kopecky attacked on Scott Avenue and took six riders along with her. Vollering missed it, however restored the scenario on Montrose Avenue. Van Vleuten was additionally in a position to return after a chase of 10 kilometres.

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Onto the Glasgow circuit

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Ashleigh Moolman had been within the early break

Within the peloton, no nation took management, permitting Chabbey to go solo and take a lead of 1:30. With that lead, the Swiss rider began the final three laps of 14.3 kilometres. The Netherlands and Belgium took the lead within the peloton. This led to an assault by Van Vleuten, which was countered by Kopecky and Vollering.

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The peloton nonetheless collectively

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Anna Henderson Anna and Elise Chabbey

Kopecky’s subsequent acceleration brought about much more of a cut up, after which Van Vleuten tried once more at 33 kilometres from the end. For a second she regarded like she would cross to Chabbey, however Kopecky and Uttrup Ludwig caught the World champion on Montrose Avenue. The group was now Van Vleuten, Vollering, Kopecky, Reusser, Deignan, Ludwig and the stunning Christina Schweinberger.

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Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky Lotte and Jelena Eric

Chabbey’s lead fluctuated repeatedly round 20 seconds, till Kopecky attacked simply earlier than the beginning of the ultimate lap. It was Schweinberger who was on her wheel and nipped the assault within the bud. The penultimate time up Montrose Avenue was utilized by Vollering to drag away, with Kopecky on her wheel. An actual hole was not made on the others, however Chabbey was caught.

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The course was dry and sunny

In the beginning of that final lap, Van Vleuten once more needed to take care of unhealthy luck and needed to drop out on the entrance. The main group was quiet and Schweinberger and Deignan tried to go away. Reusser responded and had Kopecky after her. Voller reacted too late and couldn’t observe.

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Julie De Wilde – A robust rider for the Belgian workforce

The main group with Kopecky slowed down and Vollering was in a position to return at 8 kilometres out. Vollering began to get cramp and needed to stretch. Ludwig then selected her second, after which Kopecky used her as a springboard. The 2 instantly created a niche, after which the highest favorite made the decisive assault on Scott Avenue.

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Elise Chabbey went on an extended solo

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The lead ‘peloton’ was splitting

There was no match for Kopecky, who accomplished the final 5.5 kilometres solo and headed for her third World title this week. She had already gained the factors race and the elimination race and now took the World street race title.

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Chabbey’s solo got here to an finish with a lap to go

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Annemiek Van Vleuten wasn’t giving up

Ludwig held on nicely behind Kopecky, however had no reply to Vollering’s robust dash within the ultimate straight. With an enormous leap, the Dutch rider took silver forward the Danish rider. Behind; Reusser was fourth, Schweinberger fifth and Deignan sixth. Three minutes later, Van Vleuten crossed the road waving. She completed her final World championships in eighth place.

Will the win come from this group?

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Kopecky was ready for her second

There was nonetheless the battle for U23 girls. In a chasing group greater than 4 minutes behind Kopecky, three U23 riders completed shut collectively: Blanka Kata Vas gained the dash forward of Shirin van Anrooij and Anna Shackley.

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Kopecky timed her assault completely

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World champion 2023 – Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)

World champion, Lotte Kopecky (Belgium): “After the 2 World titles on the monitor, I truly not believed that I may change into World champion in the present day. It has been a incredible yr, but additionally a really robust one. I don’t know what saved me pushing. It is a dream come true. I’m going to take pleasure in driving within the rainbow jersey subsequent yr. I wasn’t nervous in regards to the race, however when Elise Chabbey had a minute and a half, I used to be. I actually need to thank Sanne Cant and Justine Ghekiere. They did an excellent job within the native laps. So Chabbey didn’t drive too distant. I additionally need to thank my different teammates. We’ve got now proven that as a rustic we are able to additionally win large races. After the 2 World titles on the monitor I believed it was nearly unimaginable to win in the present day. I believed it was not potential to change into World champion thrice in seven days. That is unbelievable.”

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The dash of the U23 title went to Kata Blanka Vas from Shirin Van Anrooij, Anna Shackley was third

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The ladies’s podium: Demi Vollering (Netherlands) – Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) – Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)

# All of the information from the World championships in Monday’s EUROTRASH. #

2023 World Championship Ladies’s Highway Race Consequence:
1. Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) in 4:02:12
2. Demi Vollering (Netherlands) at 0:07
3. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)
4. Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) at 0:12
5. Christina Schweinberger (Austria) at 0:34
6. Elizabeth Deignan (Nice Britain)
7. Elise Chabbey (Switzerland) at 1:24
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) at 2:48
9. Riejanne Markus (Netherlands) at 3:51
10. Mavi García (Spain) at 4:05.

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