Julie De Wilde can crown herself as world champion in the women’s promises on Saturday night. During the World Cup for the pros like Lotte Kopecky. A bit strange, according to 19-year-old De Wilde.
Vincent Van Genechten
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Julie De Wilde can crown herself as world champion in the women’s promises on Saturday night. During the World Cup for the pros. A bit strange, according to 19-year-old De Wilde.
“I think I know the main competitors,” says the Plantur-Pura rider. “I’m not going to put a number on it, but I know who to keep an eye on. I personally don’t like riding with the pros. I would rather have seen a separate match and otherwise just no World Cup for promises. Now you’re going to have riders who have to ride in service, while others are allowed to take their own chance. It’s a game within a game, and that always leads to strange results.”
“At the BC that is always the case and then you get a strange course. I just want to race and not have to keep an eye on someone my age all the time. I’m not saying that winning a medal isn’t beautiful… But it’s going to cause a weird race,” said De Wilde, who doesn’t know yet whether she will cheer if she takes the rainbow jersey. “That probably won’t work unless I cross the finish line alone and there’s no one close behind me. It would be a little weird to raise my hands in the middle of a group. It’s also hard to tell probably if you’re first, second, or third.”
No doubt at Kopecky
And what will the role of leader Lotte Kopecky be? “You have to ask her that,” laughs De Wilde. “We haven’t really talked about it yet,” Kopecky said. “But if the prizes are gone from the elites, I don’t think I should hesitate for a second to help Julie to the world title. At first, of course, I have my own race in my head.”