After claiming two global titles at the monitor on the mixed UCI Biking International Championships, Belgian Lotte Kopecky heads into Sunday’s elite girls’s street race because the odds-on favorite to take the rainbow jersey.
The double Belgian champion received the Excursion of Flanders for the second one yr in a row this season in addition to the hole degree of the Excursion de France Femmes with a formidable solo assault on a brief, steep climb. She additionally wore the maillot jaune for 6 phases and completed 2nd to industry teammate Demi Vollering within the general standings.
With the street race path in Glasgow stuffed with simply the type of terrain that Kopecky has used to assert victories, all eyes are on her and he or she carries the burden of her country after compatriot Wout van Aert may now not fit Mathieu van der Poel in ultimate weekend’s males’s street race.
Kopecky, talking to the Belgian media, stated she has no downside going into the race having a large goal on her again.
“I take that under consideration and feature resolved to not get pissed off in the event that they sit down on my wheel,” Kopecky stated. “In the event that they journey on my wheel, it manner I’m driving in entrance and subsequently doing neatly. It is also this type of difficult path that it may not be any more straightforward for the riders on my wheel.”
The Dutch group is on her radar, with Vollering every other favorite along side Excursion de France degree winner Liane Lippert (Germany) and Time Trial International Champion Chloé Dygert (USA).
“The most powerful nation turns out to me to be Italy, they have got a number of speedy riders who can dash if vital. I’m curious what the opposite international locations will do. In the event that they open up the race temporarily, as they did for the lads, it might now not be to my drawback. For me, it will possibly simply be a grueling race. Despite the fact that I believe it is going to lull extra ceaselessly than it did with the lads.”
Any rider going house from this primary mixed championships with two rainbow jerseys could be happy. However after profitable the Issues and Removal Races this week, Kopecky says she remains to be hungry for extra.
“I nonetheless really feel recent and the starvation remains to be very prime: the monitor is on the subject of my middle, however this street race is extra vital. For me, that is a very powerful race of the yr.”
“Assume I do not win on Sunday, I want to industry the ones different 3 medals for the rainbow jersey, even if that isn’t a teach of concept in my head.”
At her facet, Julie De Wilde, who’s eligible for the under-23 name, has vowed to paintings for Kopecky.
“I am handiest right here with one purpose, which is to take a look at to take the arena name with Lotte within the elites. My effects do not play a job. Lotte additionally has the best likelihood of profitable.
Kopecky stated she would go back the favour if the circumstance arises.
“If the path scenario lets in it, we must undoubtedly now not fail to remember that. I additionally don’t have any downside doing one thing for Julie,” Kopecky stated.