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Lotte Kopecky Second at Belgian Championships

Today Lotte Kopecky got second at the Belgian Championships for the fourth year in a row. Jolien D’hoore conquered the national title.

The women started the road race at eight o’clock. They had to cover 102 kilometres, divided over six laps of seventeen kilometres. In the first lap a nice group was established with Lotte Kopecky, Valerie Demey, Jolien D’hoore and Ann-Sophie Duyck. But it wasn’t over yet and they got caught. In the second lap a duo got ahead: Isabelle Beckers and Demmy Druyts. They had up to more than one minute lead, but the peloton didn’t let go either. Beckers and Druyts were caught in the fourth lap. Then Nathalie Verschelden attacked and Lotte Kopecky started chasing. After Kopecky had been reeled in, the reduced peloton also closed the gap to Verschelden. A sprint would decide about the victory. Jolien D’hoore was the strongest. Kopecky claimed silver and won the U23 title. Kelly Druyts completed the podium.

Lotte Kopecky: “I felt good today, despite the fact that I hadn’t raced for six weeks. When Jolien attacked on the cobbles in the first lap, I knew I shouldn’t hesitate and had to follow her. Valerie Demey of Sport Vlaanderen didn’t cooperate and we didn’t stay ahead. When Isabelle was in front with Demmy Druyts we could just wait in the peloton, that was perfect for our team.”

“I responded to an attack of Verschelden, but it all ended with a sprint. Annelies Dom and Isabelle Beckers led me perfectly to the sprint, but it was impossible to hold off Jolien. I can’t be happy with another second place, because there’s only one place that matters at a championship. But Jolien was the best in the sprint. You know that she is hard to beat in this kind of situation.”

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