Lotte Kopecky did not come into the four-day race with a mentioned function of successful the entire classification on the UAE Excursion Girls. Alternatively, at the eve of the penultimate and GC-deciding degree 3, the SD Worx-Protime rider has revised her ambitions and now targets to present the highest climbers a run for his or her cash on Jebel Hafeet.
“I need to take a look at my perfect in opposition to the climbers,” Kopecky stated following degree 2, received by way of her teammate and total race chief Lorena Wiebes.
The International Champion first of all felt the 3rd degree could be too tricky and warned that she was once now not in the similar form as she was once ultimately 12 months’s Excursion de France Femmes.
Remaining July, she received the outlet degree of the Excursion, wore the yellow jersey for 6 days, climbed with the most productive to the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, after which stormed to 3rd position within the time trial in Pau. She closed out the eight-day race by way of successful the golf green issues jersey and taking 2d total at the back of teammate Demi Vollering.
“I will be able to see how a long way I will be able to pass,” she stated of Jebel Hafeet, a 10km ascent with a mean gradient of 9% and sections as steep as 11% on the best way to the end line.
Kopecky is recently sitting in fourth position total, 17 seconds at the back of Wiebes, however extra importantly, 5 seconds forward of GC favourites: protecting champion Elisa Longo Borghini and teammate Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek), Mavi García (Liv AlUla Jayco), and Silvia Persico (UAE Staff ADQ), to call a couple of.
Remaining 12 months, the climb made up our minds the winner when Longo Borghini received the degree along teammate Gaia Realini, however many believed that the latter was once the more potent climber of the 2 that day. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to look how they play their techniques this time round.
“We’re in a position to play our playing cards the most productive we will,” Realini stated after degree 2. “Replicating ultimate 12 months’s script can be incredible, however annually is other. We will be able to see how the opposite ladies are doing, and I will be able to give my perfect.”
Longo Borghini stated that tactical choices would most probably be performed out at the roads towards Jebel Hafeet. “I’m at all times glad to let Gaia pass if she drops everybody. However this can be a choice that the group chief is making, and it is not as much as me to make a decision.”