Lotte Kopecky has already won her fourth Belgian title against the clock in Gavere. She covered the 23.1 kilometers at an average speed of 44.4 kilometers per hour. She was one minute and four seconds faster than number two, Shari Bossuyt. On Sunday, Kopecky also wants to extend her title on the road.
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Lotte Kopecky becomes Belgian time trial champion for the fourth time in a row. One more and she equals Ann-Sophie Duyck’s record. “I’m not working on records,” Kopecky replies after the race. “I just want as many titles as possible. I may ride two or three time trials in a year, but you can’t pass up a Belgian title. I did train a bit on the time trial bike because the Giro kicks off with a prologue.”
The extra training also stood out. Last year Kopecky won with a fourteen second lead over Julie Van De Velde, now she was more than a minute faster than number two, Shari Bossuyt. “If you start thinking beforehand that you can’t lose,and again without too much effort will become Belgian champion I think you are definitely lost. The first intermediate point did put me at ease. I already had a good lead over the rest there and I still had a lot of energy in the tank”, Lotte Kopecky noted afterwards.
During her time trial, the Belgian champion also quickly spotted Julie Van De Velde. “That also gave me extra wings,” said Lotte Kopecky after the race. “She was in second place at the time and I saw her riding neatly in front of me and getting bigger and bigger. That gave a great feeling. Thanks to my new team I also ride a new time trial bike and that has advantages. My position on the time trial bike is also much better than last season. It’s all the little things, details that allow you to perform better over time.”