Lotte Kopecky stakes claim to being world’s best all-round cyclist with UAE Tour triumph

A first mountaintop win showed the depth of the Belgian’s skillset

Lotte Kopecky with the UAE Tour trophy in 2024
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Lotte Kopecky’s weekend victory at the UAE Tour Women put forward a strong case for her being cycling’s best all-round talent. 

The Belgian, world champion on the road and track, sealed the overall victory in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, after fending off some of the peloton’s strongest climbers on the 10km ascent of Jebel Hafeet the day before. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.