Elite women’s World Champs report: Kopecky is on top of the world

Kopecky took an emotional victory in an explosive finale to the Glasgow Super Worlds, as Blanka Vas took U23 title.

Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) wins the women’s elite World Championship road race in Glasgow. Photo © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 13.08.2023 Photography by
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Lotte Kopecky delivered on the promise of favourite status in Glasgow, but with no shortage of action, thrill and suspense on the dynamic urban circuit. It’s been a phenomenal few weeks for the Belgian who also claimed two rainbow jerseys and a bronze medal at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, on top of her phenomenal performance at the Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift last month.

Demi Vollering (Netherlands) joined her trade team teammate on the podium by sprinting past Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark) in the fight for silver. The Under-23 title went to Blanka Vas (Hungary) in the large chase group that finished 4:34 down, ahead of Shirin van Anrooij (Netherlands) and local favourite Anna Shackley (Great Britain).

Brief results:

Elise Chabbey spent 60 kilometres leading the race solo, and that’s not including the time she spent off the front in the early breakaway. That’s one heck of a day out.

Quote of the day:

Kopecky was very emotional after the finish, taking a moment to reflect on what has been an unusually turbulent year for the versatile Belgian, her successful World Championships coming five months after losing her brother.

“It’s already been an amazing year but also a very hard year. I don’t know what keeps me pushing… I don’t know what I was thinking. It really means a lot to me. It’s a dream come true.”

Social highlights:

Someone get this luxury helper a team gilet!

A huge season for the new world champion.

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