Lotte Kopecky adds World Cup in Hulst to foray into cyclo-cross

OUDENAARDE BELGIUM OCTOBER 18 Start Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Ladies during the 17th Tour of Flanders 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen Women Elite a 1356km stage from Oudenaarde to Oudenaarde RVV20 FlandersClassic on October 18 2020 in Oudenaarde Belgium Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Lotte Kopecky finished second at this year's Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lotte Kopecky will don new team colours in the new year, but has not hung up her Lotto Soudal pursuits after the close of a successful road racing season. The reigning Belgian road and time trial national champion took part in her first cyclo-cross race in October, planned as a one-time experience, and will continue her new programme into January for two more races, according to Sporza.

"I am having fun. There is no stress, nothing is required," said Kopecky in a report by Sporza. “So yes, I always look forward to racing. I have fun, there is no stress, nothing has to be done. I do not assume that I will be on the podium, although I do not exclude it. Everything is allowed, but nothing is required. That's the fun part of the cross.”

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).