Lotte Kopecky won at the Strade Bianche: “The most important victory of my career”

The belgian champion beat Annemiek Van Vleuten after the last climb in Siena

The always spectacular Strade Bianche held last saturday was so thrilling as it uses to, with a narrow final between Lotte Kopecky and Annemiek Van Vleuten after 137 kilometers with 8 gravel sections and almost 2.000 vertical meters, solved in favour of the belgian rider, who declared after the finish line: “I can’t believe I won the Strade Bianche, it’s the most important victory of my career. We’ve done a great team work with all the Sd Worx Team. In the end I felt good, when Annemiek Van Vleuten attacked I gave everything to follow her and I knew I had to lead the last corner, I was prepared for this final“.

Annemiek Van Vleuiten
Lotte Kopecky 
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
From left Annemiek Van Vleuiten, Lotte Kopecky and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio on the Strade Biache 2022 podium.
Lotte Kopecky crossing the Strade Bianche 2022 finish line in the Piazza del Campo.

Strade Bianche 2022 Top 25

1.-Lotte KopeckySD Worx3:59:14"
2.-Annemiek Van VleutenMovistar +0"
3.-Ashleigh Moolman PasioSD Worx +10"
4.-Kasia NiewiadomaCanyon SRAM +19"
5.-Cecilie Uttrup LudwigFDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine +24"
6.-Elise ChabbeyCanyon SRAM +28"
7.-Marianne VosJumbo Visma +29"
8.-Elisa Longo BorghiniTrek Segafredo "
9.-Shirin Van AnrooijTrek Segafredo +34"
10.-Silvia PersicoValcar Travel & Service "
11.-Grace Brown FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine +39"
12.-Demi VolleringSD Worx +50"
13.-Liane LippertDSM +1:37"
14.-Floortje MackaijDSM +1:39"
15.-Yara KastelijnPlantur Pura +1:53"
16.-Chantal BlaakSD Worx +2:07"
17.-Anouska KosterJumbo Visma +3:24"
18.-Ruby Roseman GannonBikeExchange Jayco +3:28"
19.-Soraya PaladinCanyon SRAM "
20.-Sabrina StultiensLiv Racing Xstra "
21.-Coryn RiveraJumbo Visma +3:31"
22.-Alena AmialiusikCanyon SRAM "
23.-Femke GerritseParkhotel Valkenburg +3:33"
24.-Niam Fisher BlackSD Worx +3:37"
25.-Audrey Cordon RagotTrek Segafredo "
Chia Pedrelli
Hanna Nilsson
Marta Lach
Elisa Balsamo
Valerie Demey
Rebecca Koerner
Sabrina Stultiens
Giulia Luciani
Jeanne Korevaar
Starting line with (from left) Chia Pedrelli, Hanna Nilsson, Marta Lach, Elisa Balsamo, Valerie Demey, Rebecca Koerner, Sabrina Stultiens, Giulia Luciani and Jeanne Korevaar.
Strade Bianche 2022 bunch
Strade Bianche 2022 bunch scene.
Strade Bianche bunch
The peloton transiting another gravel section at the Strade Bianche 2022.
Emily Newsom
Emily Newsom at the early solo breakway of the Strade Bianche 2022
Strade Bianche bunch
The white dust gives name to this young and already legendary race. Strade Bianche 2022.
Demi Vollering
Elisa Longo Borghini
Elise Chabbey 
Leah Kirchmann
Demi Vollering, Elisa Longo Borghini, Elise Chabbey and Leah Kirchmann streetching the peloton.
Elise Chabbey
Elise Chabbey in Siena after the exhausting last effort. Strade Bianche 2022. Thomas Maheux
Kasia Niewiadoma
Kasia Niewiadoma drying the sweat on her eyes after the Strade Bianchi 2022. Thomas Maheux.

Kasia Niewiadoma was fourth this time, after three second positions and a third one in the italian neoclassic race: “After the finish line, I immediately felt sad that I just couldn’t go more on the final climb. My legs were empty and though I tried to push I had nothing to generate. It’s a normal feeling you face after not winning a race, especially a race where you’re always so close to that win. I was and I’m still gutted that I missed the podium.

Some of the teams at the start presentation:

Niam Fisher Black
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
Anna Shackley
Demi Vollering
Lotte Kopecky
Chantal Blaak
SD Worx at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Niam Fisher Black, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Anna Shackley, Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky and Chantal Blaak.
Elise Chabbey
Soraya Paladin
Pauliena Rooijakkers
Kasia Niewiadoma
Alena Amialiusik 
Tiffany Cromwell
Canyon SRAM at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Elise Chabbey, Soraya Paladin, Pauliena Rooijakkers, Kasia Niewiadoma, Alena Amialiusik and Tiffany Cromwell.
Anouska Koster
Marianne Vos
Linda Riedmann
Teuntje Beekhuis
Anna Henderson 
Coryn Labecki Rivera
Jumbo Visma at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Anouska Koster, Marianne Vos, Linda Riedmann, Teuntje Beekhuis, Anna Henderson and Coryn Labecki Rivera.
Lauretta Hanson
Shirin Van Anrooij
Audrey Cordon Ragot
Tayler Wiles
Elisa Longo Borghini
Elisa Balsamo
Trek Segafredo at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Lauretta Hanson, Shirin Van Anrooij, Audrey Cordon Ragot, Tayler Wiles, Elisa Longo Borghini and Elisa Balsamo.
Leah Kirchmann
Franziska Koch
Léa Curinier
Juliette Labous
Floortje Mackaij
Liane Lippert
DSM at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Leah Kirchmann, Franziska Koch, Léa Curinier, Juliette Labous, Floortje Mackaij and Liane Lippert.
Erica Magnaldi
Linda Zanetti
Mavi García
Eugenia Bujak
Sofia Bertizzolo
Marta Bastianelli
UAE ADQ at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Erica Magnaldi, Linda Zanetti, Mavi García, Eugenia Bujak, Sofia Bertizzolo and Marta Bastianelli.
Vittoria Guazzini
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Marie Le Net
Victoire Guilman 
Grace Brown
FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Vittoria Guazzini, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Marie Le Net, Victoire Guilman and Grace Brown.
Jeanne Korevaar
Valerie Demey
Marta Jaskulska
Ayesha McGowan
Katia Ragusa
Sabrina Stultiens
Liv Racing Xstra at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Jeanne Korevaar, Valerie Demey, Marta Jaskulska, Ayesha McGowan, Katia Ragusa and Sabrina Stultiens.
Aude Biannic
Paula Patiño
Alicia González
Sara Martín
Katrine Aalerud
Annemiek Van Vleuten
Movistar at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Aude Biannic, Paula Patiño, Alicia González, Sara Martín, Katrine Aalerud and Annemiek Van Vleuten.
Sara Poidevin
Abi Smith
Letizia Borghesi
Madeleine Vallieres
Emily Newsom 
Omer Shapira
EF Tibco SVB at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Sara Poidevin, Abi Smith, Letizia Borghesi, Madeleine Vallieres, Emily Newsom and Omer Shapira.
Olivia Baril
Elena Pirrone
Anastasia Carbonari
Silvia Persico
Alice Maria Arzuffi
Valcar Travel & Service at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Olivia Baril, Elena Pirrone, Anastasia Carbonari, Silvia Persico and Alice Maria Arzuffi.
Yara Kastelijn
Justine Ghekiere
Sanne Cant
Ronja Eibl
Laura Sussemiclh
Julie Van De Velde
Plantur Pura at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Yara Kastelijn, Justine Ghekiere, Sanne Cant, Ronja Eibl, Laura Sussemiclh and Julie Van De Velde.
Nina Buyman
Lilly Williams
Kaia Schmidt
Barbara Malcotti
Human Powered Health at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Nina Buyman, Lilly Williams, Kaia Schmidt and Barbara Malcotti.
Camilla Alessio
Marta Lach
Hanna Nilsson
Laura Asencio
Lara Vieceli 
Maria Giulia Confalonieri
Ceratizit WNT at the Strade Bianche 2022 with (from left) Camilla Alessio, Marta Lach, Hanna Nilsson, Laura Asencio, Lara Vieceli and Maria Giulia Confalonieri.
Strade Bianchi 2022 full race. Annemiek Van Vleuten and Lotte Kopecky attack in the still.

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