On Thursday the seventh edition of the Vuelta a Burgos starts, which Anna van der Breggen won last year. This season the riders will again have a varied four-day race, with opportunities for sprinters, puncheurs and climbers. Whereas Team SD Worx started with four riders in Itzulia, the selection has now been expanded to include Roxane Fournier and Lotte Kopecky.
For Kopecky, it’s the first kilometres on the road since Paris-Roubaix. “After ‘Le Nord’ I took a week of rest to recover physically and mentally from the first part of the season. Then I went on an altitude training trip to Denia. That turned out to be the right choice, because it was really hot there. So my body has already adjusted to the heat in Burgos.”
The Vuelta a Burgos serves as a preparation for the big goals Giro Donne and Tour de France Femmes, where she hopes for a stage win. “I am happy that I can race again. This is a race to build up to the two big tours. But I am not here to fill the peloton. Of course I hope to win a stage in Burgos. It is also good to ride this tour right now, so soon after my altitude training at the SyncroSfera hotel in Denia. We are still testing out when I will get the most out of such a training camp. So I hope to get some extra information from this to be able to plan these altitude training sessions optimally in the future.”
After the Vuelta a Burgos, Kopecky will ride the London Ride before going on altitude training again. “It’s nice to be able to race with the team again. In the first three stages there are opportunities for me.”
Team SD Worx will have the following riders at the start of the Vuelta a Burgos: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Lotte Kopecky, Niamh Fisher-Black, Anna Shackley, Roxane Fournier and possibly Demi Vollering. A final decision on her participation will be made tomorrow morning after her crash in Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria.