Kopecky not daunted by status of Road World Championships favourite

Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)
Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) (Image credit: Getty Images)

After claiming two world titles on the track at the combined UCI Cycling World Championships, Belgian Lotte Kopecky heads into Sunday's elite women's road race as the odds-on favourite to take the rainbow jersey.

The double Belgian champion won the Tour of Flanders for the second year in a row this season as well as the opening stage of the Tour de France Femmes with a powerful solo attack on a short, steep climb. She also wore the maillot jaune for six stages and finished second to trade teammate Demi Vollering in the overall standings.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.