Repeat Performance For Kopecky & Wiebes

Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes of Team SD Worx – Protime gave a repeat performance at the 2024 edition of the Nokere Koerse in Belgium on March 13th. The world champion jumped in the same place that made the difference for her last year and again unloaded her fellow breakaway riders. For the second year in a row, she arrived solo on Nokereberg. Behind Kopecky, Lorena Wiebes was the fastest in the sprint for second place. “We wanted to make it a hard race. This race suits me. I wanted to win here again. I am happy that it worked out!” said a delighted Lotte Kopecky.

She added, ”Nokere Koerse has a nice course that lends itself to making the race hard. We were keen to make this race our own again. That worked out well. At 70 kilometres from the finish, I placed my first acceleration. I hoped a number of riders would slide along, but I got away alone. From the following car I got the signal: choose what you want to do with it, but (laughs) I am not Pogaçar. I waited to see if some riders would still join up. When that didn’t happen, it turned out to be a futile action.”

“We had planned beforehand to put an acceleration on the Lange Ast. Lorena Wiebes slid along nicely. Then, on the cobbled stretch, the wind came from the side, which made it a man-to-man situation. The perfect moment to make the difference. The scenario is a bit identical to last year. It’s nice to finish one and two again!”

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