Lotte Kopecky: Women no longer need to stop pro sports when they have a child

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Belgian Champion Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images)

"It makes me want to have a baby, too," laughed Lotte Kopecky when asked her thoughts on Lizzie Deignan's announcement that she was expecting her second child and taking maternity leave from professional racing with a contract extension to return in 2023 and 2024.

Kopecky spoke on the subject of maternity leave in a pre-race press conference ahead of her road racing season debut with SD Worx at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. She stated her position that, as options such as maternity leave become available, female athletes no longer need to feel that they must end their professional sports careers when they decide to start a family. 

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.