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Tour de France Femmes stage 1 report: Kopecky starts as SD Worx means to go on

It's another 1-2 for SD Worx-Protime as Lotte Kopecky takes the first yellow jersey of the race.

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by Kit Nicholson 23.07.2023 Photography by
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To the surprise of no one, Team SD Worx-Protime dominated stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift, setting up Lotte Kopecky for an attack on the only classified climb of the day. The Belgian national champion went clear with just under 10 km to go and soloed to the finish for a first Tour stage win of her career, and the yellow jersey with it.

Going, going … gone.

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Lotte Kopecky admitted she had her eye on the first stage and the yellow jersey, but with so many potential winners at SD Worx, there’s also an element of improvisation on the go.

“We had two strategies because we had Lorena – if she could get over the climb we would go for Lorena in the bunch sprint,” Kopecky said. “But I also had my chance to go and they gave me this chance – I’m happy for the team SD Worx that I could finish it off.”

Both Vollering and Kopecky were asked about the team’s relentless success this season, not just on the top step of the podium, but often one step lower too.

“In the team, we are really laughing about it,” said Kopecky, acknowledging Wiebes’s second-place finish on stage 1. “We don’t understand it ourselves – so many races we are 1 and 2. This year we have a super strong and super good team together. It’s super nice to race like this.”

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