Lotte Kopecky wins gruelling opener at Tour of Britain Women in photo-finish

Lotte Kopecky wins gruelling opener at Tour of Britain Women in photo-finish

06-Jun-2024 17:02:07 | The Guardian

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The world road race champion Lotte Kopecky had to endure a 20-minute wait to learn that she had won the gruelling opening stage of the relaunched Tour of Britain Women after her Italian rival Letizia Paternoster initially appeared to out sprint her in Llandudno.

Kopecky, leader of the dominant SD Worx-Protime team and the pre-race favourite, doesn’t lose often, but her success over Paternoster, of Liv AlUla Jayco, was by the narrowest of margins after the pair were separated only by a photo-finish.

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