Lotte Kopecky is a great asset to Team SD Worx. The Belgian road champion fought her way to the top and won the Lotto Belgium Tour and Le Samyn last year. She is the reigning track cycling world champion in the points race. She has therefore taken some important steps already, but in Team SD Worx she hopes to find the environment that will enable her to win that first big classic. She has come very close already with a third place in the Tour of Flanders in 2020 and two second places in Ghent-Wevelgem (2021 and 2020). At the Olympic road race in Tokyo she just missed a podium place by coming in fourth.
Clearly, Lotte Kopecky is an all-rounder who will make even more of a name for herself as part of Team SD Worx. “I was honoured to sign here. Before, when I was riding against Team SD Worx, I was really struck by the team spirit. I like the team's aggressive riding style and I immediately felt at home. I am aiming for the spring classics. I certainly hope to seize my opportunities there,” Kopecky says.
According to Danny Stam, the Belgian champion will reap the rewards of the team's collective strength. “In her previous team, Lotte was often the only leader. It may be nice to be the sole focus of attention, but that also means all the pressure is on you. We always focus on different leaders. In Team SD Worx you can win a race even if your legs are not the strongest. The strength of our team allows you to keep a low profile and then win by breaking away at just the right time because the team behind you will close ranks.”
That is also exactly why Kopecky chose SD Worx. “That collective strength attracted me,” the Flemish rider says. “I hope to win my first classic here. My favourite race is of course the Tour of Flanders. It would be fantastic if I could be the first to cross the finish line in Oudenaarde in my Belgian jersey.”