Second For Kopecky in Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Lotte Kopecky finished second in the 25th edition of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday March 17th. The world champion rode the Italian WorldTour race for the first time and was beaten in the sprint by Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek). Despite not claiming the win, Kopecky admitted, “I am quite satisfied with this. Of course you always want to win, but Elisa was just faster. So I can live with this perfectly!”

“I only traveled to Italy last minute and it’s not like I thought. I’m going to quickly turn this race to my liking. It’s not that easy, even though sometimes people seem to think it is. I did feel like this race and wanted to try to get the most out of it,” Kopecky continued. “I haven’t revisited the sprint yet. I also had to really push at the moment I went. Elisa Balsamo was just faster. Of course you always want to win, but it’s not possible. So I’m happy with this result, though. This was the first time I rode Trofeo Alfredo Binda. It’s completely different than a Flemish classic, but I like the race. There were a lot of altimeters in it. It was the ideal time to finish this race in function of what is still to come in the spring.” 

Kopecky now has Gent-Wevelgem as her next scheduled race.

Sports manager Danny Stam said, “We knew Lotte could handle Trofeo Alfredo Binda perfectly. For her it may even be a fraction harder. We made the most of it today. We only flew Lotte in at the last minute. She felt like riding this race and did well. Lotte has started the spring season well. There is no curse on her jersey.”

“In itself it was a pretty ‘tame’ race, but we were present as a team,” Stam continued. “We made the choice to attack, hoping to thin out the still large group. Niamh Fisher-Black rode an excellent race. On the climbs, we tried to get rid of Elisa Balsamo, but she did a great job. Marlen Reusser also left a good impression. Such a first race after illness is always difficult to get back on track, but it raises the best hopes for what’s to come in the spring. So I am satisfied with my team’s performance today.”

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