Nokere Koerse: Lotte Kopecky takes emotional victory in women's race

NOKERE BELGIUM MARCH 15 Lotte Kopecky of Belgium and Team SD Worx competes in the breakaway to win the 4th Danilith Nokere Koerse 2023 Womens Elite a 1291km one day race from Deinze to Nokere DanilithNokereKoerse on March 15 2023 in Nokere Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Lotte Kopecky (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) claimed a sensational and emotional victory at Nokere Koerse, crossing the line alone after an all-action display and after the recent death of her brother.

Kopecky's brother Seppe died on Saturday at the age of 29, and SD Worx encouraged her privacy to be respected as they confirmed she'd still line up for Wednesday's semi-classic.

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