Team SD Worx with confidence towards Strade Bianche
Lotte Kopecky wins the Strade Bianche. The Belgian champion rules the Piazza Del Campo and defeats Annemiek Van Vleuten in a direct duel. Good for a back-to-back win for Team SD Worx. Kopecky follows Van de Broek-Blaak on the list of winners of the Strade Bianche, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio shows the supremacy of Team SD Worx by completing the podium. "What a perfect day. I can hardly believe it," Lotte Kopecky said.
It was Lotte Kopecky who broke open the race on the Colle Pinzutu with 20 kilometres to go. The pace would never slow down and Team SD Worx continued to be present at the front of the race with several riders. When a leading group entered the final kilometre, Annemiek Van Vleuten went full speed ahead at the foot of the Via Catarina, but Lotte Kopecky clung to her wheel. Head over head they went into the final straight, with the Belgian champion using her track experience to cut perfectly into the final bend and take the biggest win of her career. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio showed the supremacy of Team SD Worx by completing the podium.
I can hardly believe I just won! It was a great team effort from the whole Team SD Worx. I knew I had my teammates behind me that had my back. I had a good feeling in the finale, I tried to follow Annemiek Van Vleuten and I just kept pushing until the last corner, I knew I had to be first on the last corner, I was prepared for the sprint. It is the biggest victory in my career. The perfect day", Lotte Kopecky said in a first reaction.