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Simac Ladies Tour stage 2: Kopecky wins ITT on home roads, moves into GC lead

The Belgian national champion finished two seconds faster than Dutch ITT champion Riejanne Markus.

Lotte Kopecky pictured during 2023 Simac Ladies Tour stage 2

When the Simac Ladies Tour hopped over onto Belgian soil for a time trial in Leuven the Belgian national champion Lotte Kopecky couldn’t be stopped. The World road champion stormed to victory, finishing two seconds ahead of Dutch national ITT champion Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) and 11 seconds ahead of Canyon-SRAM’s newest recruit Zoe Bäckstedt.

Kopecky’s time was fast enough to also take the overall lead from DSM-Firmenich’s Charlotte Kool. As the race heads into its third stage Kopecky leads by two seconds ahead of Markus and 13 seconds ahead of her SD Worx teammate Lorena Wiebes.

How it happened

Kopecky sprinting to the finish line

Brief stage results

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GC standings after Stage 2

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Kopecky is very good at riding a bike…

Quote of the day

When asked how she prepared for the Simac Ladies Tour time trial Kopecky, laughing, replied that she didn’t. The distance suited her and she went all out, that’s it. She’s enjoying a run of good form and a season that will go down in the history books, and she has no idea how but she is enjoying it while it lasts. According to the champ, some seasons will probably not be as fun.

Unlike many other riders in the race, Lotte Kopecky does not want the yellow jersey. A few weeks after her incredible and well-deserved victory in Glasgow the Belgian national champion just wants to wear her rainbow bands.

I’m really happy with this victory but I am not happy with the yellow jersery. I would have loved to start in the rainbow tomorrow instead of the yellow jersey.

Kopecky after the podium ceremony
Van Vleuten rolling into her final time trial, what is life?

Brief analysis

Up next: Stage 3

Back to the fast finishes for the third road stage of the Simac Ladies Tour from Emmeloord to Lelystad. The 149 km stage is pretty flat, there are some minor ascents but there are no alpine-esque ascents. All signs point to another race between Wiebes, Balsamo and Kool.

SD Worx was pretty unhappy with themselves after the first stage, where Balsamo outsprinted Wiebes to take the stage, so they will want to prove a point in Lelystad. The two-second gap between Kopecky and Markus could get a little interesting. Markus won the fourth stage last year solo, and it’s not out of the question she tries it again.

Live coverage of the stage can be found on GCN+ starting at 14:30 CEST.

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