Simac Ladies Tour stage 4: Kopecky wins again wearing yellow

Lorena Wiebes took second behind her teammate with Kasia Niewiadoma finishing third.

Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes go one-two on the fourth stage of the Simac Ladies Tour.

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by Abby Mickey 09.09.2023 Photography by
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Lotte Kopecky once again proved she could win on almost all terrain, taking the fourth stage of the Simac Ladies Tour after following an attack by Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), who ultimately ended up third on the stage. Kopecky’s SD Worx teammate Lorena Wiebes followed the move by Niewiadoma to take second.

It is Kopecky’s second stage win in a week, the first being the time trial on Thursday, which extends her overall lead going into the final stage on Sunday.

Kopecky and Wiebes celebrating yet another SD Worx one-two

How it happened

Niewiadoma was hungry for her first WorldTour win since she won the Amstel Gold Race atop the Cauberg in 2019.

Brief stage results


GC standings after Stage 4


Quote of the day

It was the SD Worx show we have all become accustomed to on Saturday. The Dutch team was in control from the moment the race rolled off the line, and even more motivated to win after two disappointing performances in the bunch sprints on stages 1 and 3.

I have to say thanks to the team first and foremost. They did an amazing job controlling everything, and that’s not nothing, They brought groups back and closed gaps, and to go one-two is thanks to the teammates.

Kopecky said while cooling down on the rollers
Kopecky handed out hugs to her teammates after some great racing.

Brief analysis

Next up: Stage 5, the final stage

The final stage is basically two circuit races. The peloton will start with seven laps of a 14 km loop before riding over to an 8 km-long finishing circuit they will race five times. There is a punchy climb in both courses that will wear down the legs and probably reduce the peloton, however, will it be enough to tire out Lorena Wiebes? We will see.

With Markus out and Kopecky showing the strength she has (not just this week but since July), it’s hard to see anyone unseating the road world champion to steal the lead of the Simac Ladies Tour, but it will be the final race for Van Vleuten, and if anyone can surprise us it’s the multi-time world champion herself.

It’s a good one for some solid attacks as the direction is changing all the time, so it’s likely to be a great race to watch.

Live coverage can be found on GCN+ starting at 14:25.

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