Kopecky takes top 15 in a brutal stage at Tour of Estonia

27 May 2022

Matyas Kopecky (CZE)

“Today was a long day, and also a very fast one. In the beginning there was not breakaway, so the pace was really high. At some point the break went, and the bunch slowed down but it started to rain heavily. The team did really great by taking really good care of me in any possible way!”

“In the final it was really chaotic and I tried to follow the big teams for the sprint. Although I lost some places in one of the last corners, I managed to do a good sprint on the final uphill which resulted in a 14th place. I was hoping for a top 10 but tomorrow is another day!”

Sports Director, Gennady Mikhaylov

“That was a brutal day out there today, long almost 200km and extremely heavy rain made it very tough for the guys. In the last 60km there was a big split in the bunch due to the strong crosswinds and we were caught on the wrong side of the split, but regrouped before the end.”

We knew from last year that the cobbled finish could be anything but straightforward and the ramp up to the line made for a rather broken sprint. I think it took a few teams by surprise, but Matyas did well and finished strongly. The guys know what’s coming tomorrow now as we will pass the cobbled section a few times on the circuits and it should make for another exciting day.”

Photo Credit @Adam Illingworth

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