Lotte Kopecky wins first stage of Tour de France Femmes

Belgian attacks on the final climb to win solo

Lotte Kopecky
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Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) attacked solo on the final climb to take victory on the opening stage of the Tour de France Femmes.

The Belgian burst out of the bunch 9.6km from the finish after her teammate Marlen Reusser had controlled the peloton on the climb, reducing it to just a handful of favourites. Nobody was able to follow her, and she soloed to the line to win by a comfortable margin of 41 seconds. 

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