'There is no curse on her jersey,' says SD Worx on Lotte Kopecky's second place at Trofeo Alfredo Binda

Lotte Kopecky finished second to Elisa Balsamo in her debut Trofeo Alfredo Binda, despite her last-minute call up

Lotte Kopecky, Elisa Balsamo and Puck Pieterse at this year's Trofeo Alfredo Binda
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Trofeo Alfredo Binda, one of women’s cycling’s longest-standing races, was not on Lotte Kopecky’s calendar – until Friday, two days before the event. Her teammate, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, was still recovering from a crash sustained at Nokere-Koerse.

But despite her late call up and modest ambitions from SD Worx-Protime’s sports director, Anna van der Breggen —“We have absolutely no expectations of her, because the change is last-minute” — Kopecky sprinted to second place on her debut, losing out to Lidl-Trek’s Elisa Balsamo. Puck Pieterse (Fenix-Deceuninck) finished third.

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