First WorldTour top ten for Kopecky in Poland

01 August 2023

Czech starlet Matyas Kopecky had a day to remember on stage four of the Tour de Pologne as the 21-year-old sprinted to tenth place for Team Novo Nordisk to earn his first WorldTour top ten.

Head sports director Massimo Podenzana:

“Andrea was our last rider to get a top ten here in Poland and to see him leading out Matyas in the final today was a real pleasure. Peter was there also going into the last 10km and did his best bring Andrea and Matyas further forward.”

“It’s not easy to get into the top ten in a WorldTour stage race like the Tour de Pologne and for a 20-year-old like Matyas who isn’t a pure sprinter it can be even harder. So chapeau, enjoy the moment and remember everything we did right today and try to apply that to tomorrow’s stage and the rest of the race.”

Matyas Kopecky:

“I’ll definitely remember today! It’s an important moment and result for me and the team and I’m happy to have been able to finish off the great work of the guys and make it into the top ten. Andrea was amazing and his experience really shows on finishes like today.”

“We were behind the big WorldTour teams who were spread across the road and Andrea just accelerated at the right moment to bring me around the outside and back in to the action. We kind of followed the wave and when you’re moving like that it’s a great sensation. I’m feeling good, despite the crash the other day and I hope to go ok on tomorrows climbs and be in good shape for Thursday’s TT.”

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