Lotte Kopecky wins Le Samyn des Dames after a confident sprint on home roads

Belgian champion opens her account after an aggressive performance, while a confident Movistar team take another second place

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Belgian champion Lotte Kopecky took her first win of the year for Liv Racing at Le Samyn des Dames on Tuesday. The 25 year-old was aggressive all day but was still able to time her sprint to perfection, coming from behind to win the sprint in Dour.

Riding for Emma Norsgaard, Movistar had seemed in control in the closing three kilometres, but the Danish champion was forced to open her sprint with over 200m remaining. Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo) pounced on her wheel but was unable to come past, and it was the clever and patient Kopecky who came over the top in the last few metres.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.