Kopecky bags 7th top ten of the season in Turkey
11 October 2023
Matyas Kopecky continued his impressive start to his pro career, picking up his 7th top-ten of the season. The 20-year-old sprinted to 8th place on stage 4 of the Tour of Turkey.
General Manager Vassili Davidenko:
“Today’s result is significant for Matyas because it signals how he is able to bounce back from a really hard effort on yesterday’s mountaintop finish. Great teamwork was on display again and the guys put him in a position to get a result. It’s very rewarding to see us consistently performing at this level so late in the season. We’re at the halfway point of the race now and the following stages get longer so now we have to focus on recovery to get to the end with still some resources.”
“Today was pretty hard from the beginning. There were some short climbs before the break went and that always means it’s going to be hard. I managed to stay in the front on those first climbs, and after that, the break still didn’t go until we arrived at a 5km climb and the bunch exploded completely. I was in the second group with Andrea and Umberto and we managed to join the front group again.”
“In the final, there were two climbs, they weren’t hard in elevation but the pace was so high. I was happy to bridge both of them in the front group and from there I started thinking about the sprint. Andrea and Umberto were great at looking after me. Especially, Umberto, he got us food and drink all stage and was super strong today.”