The 2021 Gent-Wevelgem UCI Women’s WorldTour race featured a 142km route with seven climbs, three gravel sections and a long flat run-in to the finish. The race was made more difficult by strong crosswinds and punctuated by several breakaway attempts early on. With 20km to go, Liv Racing’s Soraya Paladin followed a break by Elisa Longo Borghini. The long, straight roads kept the duo within the peloton’s sight, still they managed to stay away until just 500 meters from the finish.
After Paladin was caught, Lotte Kopecky, supported by Jeanne Korevaar, was positioned perfectly for the bunch sprint to the line. She finished on the heels of Marianne Vos in second place aboard her Liv Langma, her first podium finish of the 2021 WorldTour.
"I felt good today and we had Soraya Paladin out front, which was a good position for us, at the end," said Kopecky. "It was a spectacular race.”
Kopecky now turns her focus toward the Tour of Flanders, which will take place on Sunday, April 4, while her Liv Racing teammates will line up for another race on Belgian soil Wednesday: Dwars door Vlaanderen.