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Medical update on Alexey Lutsenko – Astana

Medical update on Alexey Lutsenko

Astana Qazaqstan Team rider Alexey Lutsenko crashed this afternoon during his training in Teide, Tenerife, Spain.

Due to a sudden gust of wind on the descent the rider crashed on his left shoulder. After the crash Alexey has been moved to the local hospital where he was diagnosed with a displaced fracture of the collarbone and the shoulder.

Tomorrow Alexey Lutsenko will be transferred to Belgium for a surgery.

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— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Vuelta a Andalucia. Alexey Lutsenko takes second in head-to-head sprint in Stage 4 – Astana

Vuelta a Andalucia. Alexey Lutsenko takes second in head-to-head sprint in Stage 4

The recent winner of the Clásica Jaén Alexey Lutsenko was close to his second success, this time in Stage 4 of the Vuelta a Andalucia. Together with Wout Poels Lutsenko arrived to the finish in Baza but in a sprint head-to-head the Kazakh rider couldn’t overpass Poels, finishing second.

“In the end I just missed some energy in the legs. It was a very intense stage and we all had to work a lot to keep the gap to the peloton. Also, after my win at the Clásica Jaén all these days I did not feel that good and, definitely, I missed some freshness at the finish. However, it was a good try to bring the team another victory”, – said Alexey Lutsenko.

Stage 4 of 167.4 km has exploded with many attacks already at the first climb of the day. Finally, a group of 15 riders, including Alexey Lutsenko, Miguel Angel Lopez and Harold Tejada went away clear, opening a gap to the race leader Alessandro Covi.

“There were many attacks on the first climb and in a moment I decided to follow a group of riders and Harold Tejada also was up there, while in a few seconds Miguel Angel Lopez joined us as well. I came in front to pull the group and to open a gap to the peloton and it worked well. Later, we worked really hard all together in our group to keep the advantage. It was a tough race, but together with Harold and Miguel Angel we stayed together in the group and step by step our advantage was growing up. With some 15 kilometers to go I saw a few riders attacking from our group. In a moment when we caught them back I decided to attack and only Poels was able to follow me. We opened a small gap, so I thought it could be a chance to fight for a stage win. But, at the end of the day I finished second”, – continued Lutsenko.

After today’s stage Wout Poels became the new race leader, while Miguel Angel Lopez still keeps his second position, 10 seconds behind Poels.

“Tomorrow we have the final stage with an uphill finish. So, tomorrow me and all our team will ride 100% for Miguel Angel to help him to win the General Classification. It won’t be easy as there are many strong climbers here in the peloton, but we are motivated to do our best for our team leader”, – concluded Alexey Lutsenko.

Astana Qazaqstan Team still leads the team classification of the race.

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— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Alexey Lutsenko takes a solo win at Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko takes a solo win at Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior

Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko won the inaugurate one-day Spanish race Clásica Jaén Paraíso Interior, held today between Baeza and Úbeda, two cities of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Lutsenko attacked solo on the final part of 188-km-long distance, first time with some 50 km to go and again with around 28 km to go. His second attack became a decisive one, which, finally, brought him a stylish solo victory on the streets of Úbeda.

“I am really happy to take this win in my first race of the season. Together with the team I spent two good weeks at the altitude training camp in Teide and today I felt ready and motivated to try something. Last year I already won a gravel race – Serenissima Gravel, so I knew what to expect. The race turned out to be a hard one with a lot of climbs and gravel sectors. But the team helped me to save some energy for the decisive part and then I just did my best in attacks. I knew that Tim Wellens can be a real favorite in this kind of races, so my plan was to attack earlier and to try to go solo and it worked out perfectly. Well, it is a very nice feeling to win in the first race of the season! Now I am looking forward to the next race – Vuelta a Andalucia”, – said Alexey Lutsenko.

The race turned out to be a tough challenge for all riders since it included seven gravel sectors and many short but super steep climbs. There were many crashes on the gravel and, unfortunately, Astana Qazaqstan Team riders were also involved: Davide Martinelli and Dmitriy Gruzdev both crashed hardly but, fortunately, did not get any serious injury. Also, Yuriy Natarov and Nurbergen Nurlykhassym both got a flat tire in the first gravel sectors.

Closer to the final part Yevgeniy Fedorov, Dmitriy Gruzdev and Miguel Angel Lopez helped Alexey Lutsenko to get a good position, so the team leader launched his attack to make a huge selection in the group and then to go away solo for the race victory.

“Having a rider like Alexey Lutsenko in the race you can always expect something nice from him. We were ready to support Alexey, while he showed a phenomenal form at the start of the season and spent this day in a style! It was a tough and very demanding race, and I am happy with the way Alexey attacked today and took this win. It was a beautiful one and a good start of the season for him but also for all our team”, – said Giuseppe Martinelli, Sports Director of Astana Qazaqstan Team.

 

“This is the first win for Kazakh team in 2022 and it is symbolic that this beautiful victory has been brought by our Kazakh rider. I congratulate all our team and Alexey Lutsenko with this great performance! A solid start of the season! Well done!” – said Nurlan Smagulov, president of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation.

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— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Alexey Lutsenko wins Serenissima Gravel – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko wins Serenissima Gravel

Kazakh leader of Astana – Premier Tech Alexey Lutsenko won the premier edition of the 100% gravel one-day race Serenissima Gravel from Lido di Jesolo to Piazzola sul Brenta in Italy.

Lutsenko launched a strong attack with some 70 kilometres to go, shortly opening a gap to the group of chasers, which included teammates Davide Martinelli and Samuele Battistella. Entering the local laps, the Astana – Premier Tech rider increased his advantage to almost two minutes, enough to hold it to the end and to take a beautiful solo victory.

“I am so happy to win this race, because it was a tough challenge and unforgettable experience for me. To win this race is a solid result for me as a rider but also for our team and our sponsor Wilier Triestina. It was the first time I rode the new Rave SLR and this bike immediately brought me a beautiful victory. It was a difficult race with a technical parcours, very narrow roads and so many corners. We had a plan to attack closer to the finish, but in a moment after another corner I found myself in front with a small gap to the group, so I decided to keep on pushing knowing that I had my teammates behind me in the peloton. Well, I think it was one of the toughest races in my life – 3.5 hours of 100% full gas, but I am really happy I finished it with a victory!”, – said Alexey Lutsenko.

Behind him there was a sprint from the chasing group with Riccardo Minali taking second place and Nathan Haas completing the podium with third position. Davide Martinelli finished fourth, while Samuele Batttistella crossed the line in ninth place.

“It was the first experience of this kind of races for everyone, but we came out to the start really motivated to try and to do it in the best possible way. Already in the bus I saw Alexey Lutsenko motivated but also Davide Martinelli was ready to fight in this race as well as Samuele Battistella. We had a bit of bad luck in the beginning of the race with a crash with Fabio Felline involved, but I am sure without this crash Fabio would also stay up there in front in the main group until the finish. It was such a beautiful race, a bit technical and difficult, especially from the start, but still nice and spectacular. Indeed, it was a serious challenge for all the riders and the race was 100% from the start and until the finish line. We can be happy and proud with the performance of Alexey Lutsenko, he did a race of a champion. His powerful solo attack with 70 kilometres to go was so impressive! There were a few strong teams who were pulling hard behind trying to bring him back, but Lutsenko was on fire today, showing his character and power. I am sure it is a new but so nice race which must go on in the next years. It was a pleasure to ride Serenissima Gravel today and I hope this race will get a big future”, – said Giuseppe Martinelli, Sports Director of Astana – Premier Tech.

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— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Alexey Lutsenko storms to glory at Coppa Agostoni – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko storms to glory at Coppa Agostoni

Two days after Il Lombardia, where Alexey Lutsenko crashed out of the race, he turned his disappointment into motivation to take an amazing win in Lissone at Coppa Agostoni.

With 60 kilometres to go, the reduced bunch caught the breakaway and with Samuele Battistella working hard for his leader Lutsenko the group was able to stay away. On the last ascent of the day, Lutsenko and five other riders launched an attack and opened a small gap.

The race lit up as Matteo Trentin attacked and only Lutsenko was able to follow. The two riders had a 20-second gap with 10 kilometres to go but worked well together and were able to stay away to battle for the win. Lutsenko stayed on the wheel of Trentin and waited until 150 metres to go before launching his sprint. With a powerful ride, Alexey Lutsenko took an amazing win after 180 punchy kilometres.

“I am so happy with this win. Two years I ago I took second and today I was concentrated the whole time. I think I learned from the mistakes in the past. In the finale, we worked well together and then I waited until the final metres to launch my sprint. I had good legs and I am happy that everything worked out. Tomorrow I will take it easy before having my last race for the season.” – Alexey Lutsenko

 

“Of course we are super happy. Saturday wasn`t our day at all so it is great for Alexey and also for the team to have won today. The team, especially Samuele did a great job for Alexey and coming into the final kilometres Alexey rode a great race, was focused, smart and active. He waited for the perfect moment and finished it off perfectly.” – Stefano Zanini

 

“This is a very important victory for Kazakhstan and for all the fans of our team. We heartily congratulate Alexey, as well as all the riders and staff who helped him in this race. Once again Alexey proved that he is a true leader, capable of winning beautiful victories at the World Tour level. I think with this result he raised the morale of the team on the eve of the new season, which is also very important,” – Nurlan Smagulov, president of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation

— nadine Pfeffer to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko to lead the team at Il Lombardia – Astana

Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko to lead the team at Il Lombardia

Astana – Premier Tech heads to Il Lombardia, known as the Race of the Falling Leaves, with a strong team captained by Aleksandr Vlasov and Alexey Lutsenko.

The route for the final Monument of the year will see a change compared to last year, where Jakob Fuglsang took an impressive win while teammate Aleksandr Vlasov took a strong third place. 239 brutal kilometres from Como to Bergamo await the riders, where Alexey Lutsenko will take on the race for the first time in his career.

The iconic climb, Ghisallo, will be the first ascent to tackle before hitting Roncola, Berbenno, Dossena, Zambla Altan and Passo di Ganda before reaching the finish line in Bergamo.

Last year Vlasov rounded out the podium and is looking forward to this year’s route:

“I have really good memories of Il Lombardia. Taking third in a Monument is something special and last year it was an incredible race. This year, we are back to the normal date, not like last year where we rode it in August. So, at least, the weather will not be as hot as last year and now, we have the route changed from Como to Bergamo. I am looking forward to it but the race has a really strong start list, we will see what will happen but I am motivated to give my best to reach yet another good result”.

Sports Director Stefano Zanini sees the second part of the race as the decisive one:

“The first 90 kilometres shouldn’t be a problem, we go over the Ghisallo from the other side than last year but then the second part of the race, after Lecco will be brutal. The decisive moment will be for sure on the last two climbs as then with 30 kilometres to go, the course runs towards the finish line on a fast but not technical road. Of course, we miss Jakob but that’s cycling. Nevertheless, Aleksandr showed incredible form last year and also Alexey is currently in a good shape”. 

Rider roster: Manuele Boaro (ITA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Rodrigo Contreras (COL), Fabio Felline (ITA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Matteo Sobrero (ITA), Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS).

Sports directors: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA), Stefano Zanini (ITA).

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Alexey Lutsenko set for three more seasons in Astana Team – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko set for three more seasons in Astana Team

Astana Team is pleased to announce that the strongest Kazakh rider in the peloton, Alexey Lutsenko, will remain with the team for the following three seasons (2022-2024). The 28-year-old team leader will continue defending the colors of the national cycling project after nine successful years with the Kazakh WorldTour team.

“I am very happy to continue my professional career in our Kazakh Astana Team. During the years spent in the team, I have managed to become a leader, and for me this is both a responsibility and an incentive to continue to develop, to strive for new heights and every time to try to confirm my leadership position with new victories. This year, I managed to make a big step forward in the fight for the General Classifications both, at big week-long races like the Criterium du Dauphine and at the Grand Tours. My seventh place in the General Classification of the Tour de France motivates me to continue moving in this direction so, in the future, I will be aiming to fight not only for the top ten, but also for the podium. I will enter the new season together with the Astana Team with new ambitions and goals. I am sure that together with the team management and coaches we will be able to determine my main goals for the next seasons, after which we will do our best to achieve what we want”, – says Alexey Lutsenko.

Despite an injury sustained in the beginning of the year at Paris–Nice, Lutsenko has achieved a number of significant results this season. In June, Lutsenko claimed a solid win in the individual time trial at the prestigious stage race Criterium du Dauphine, also taking the second podium place in the General Classification. While in July, the Kazakh leader of the team excelled at the Tour de France, where he finished in a high seventh place in the overall standings, for the first time entering the top 10 at a Grand Tour. Lutsenko also stood on the podium at the one-day race Gran Premio Miguel Indurain.

His career in the Astana Team started in 2013 immediately after his historic victory in the road race of the U23 UCI Road World Championships. Throughout the past nine seasons in the Astana project, Lutsenko took 28 victories, including stage wins at the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Paris–Nice, Criterium du Dauphine, Tour de Suisse and Tirreno–Adriatico.

“Alexey is a real team leader, who is not only winning and delivering high results, but who is also able to rally the team and lead it at the highest level races. This year, an important step forward was made at the Tour de France, and for the first time in 16 years, a Kazakh rider was among the best ten riders in the overall standings. Now Alexey is entering the age of the heyday of a professional rider, and I am very glad that we will continue this path together. There is a lot of work ahead, we will not stop there, but we will continue to move forward. Our team needs a leader like Alexey Lutsenko, and I am sure that in Astana, Alexey will have everything he needs to achieve the most ambitious goals”, – says Alexandr Vinokurov, 2022 Sports Team Principal.

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— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com

Alexey Lutsenko secures career-best seventh place at Tour de France – Astana

Alexey Lutsenko secures career-best seventh place at Tour de France

Alexey Lutsenko crossed the line on the Champs-Élysées to ride to a career-best seventh place in the General Classification to secure his first top ten result in six Tour de France participations. 

Lutsenko’s impressive performance makes the 2020 Tour de France stage winner the first Kazakh rider to secure a top ten result at the Tour de France since 2005.

“I am really happy and proud to finish in the top ten at the Tour de France. I came into the race after a good Critérium du Dauphiné and wanted to take things day by day to see what I could do. To finish in seventh place is a big achievement for me, especially as a Kazakh rider. I want to thank all of my teammates as they supported me a lot throughout the race and helped me to fight to be in the top ten”, – said Alexey Lutsenko after the finish of Stage 21.

“It was a really hard Tour de France which makes it even more special to finish in the top ten. Of course, it would have been nice to win a stage again, but I can come away from the race happy with my performance and my form and motivated for Tokyo”.

Astana – Premier Tech Managing Director Yana Seel highlighted the importance of Lutsenko’s achievement for the Kazakh – Canadian team.

“It makes me really proud to see Alexey Lutsenko’s name in the top ten of the Tour de France. Proud for Alexey, proud for Astana – Premier Tech and proud for Kazakhstan. Alexey didn’t give up throughout the three weeks and his result really shows his determination in what was a tough race. As a Kazakh – Canadian team, it is really important to support our Kazakh riders and I think Alexey’s result will inspire our young Kazakh riders”, – added Seel. 

The team narrowly missed a stage win on multiple occasions with eight top ten results throughout the three weeks while supporting Lutsenko’s General Classification bid. Team Performance Manager and Sports Director Dmitriy Fofonov praised the riders’ teamwork and aggressive approach to stage hunting. 

“I am really satisfied with the team’s racing here at the Tour de France. We came here with the objective of winning a stage and having someone in the top ten of the General Classification. With Alexey Lutsenko in the top ten, we achieved one of these and we came very close to the other. We saw a super Alexey in the race with great form and motivation, so I am happy to see his hard work pay off. All of the team raced aggressively in the breakaways, and we had Ion Izagirre coming very close to the win on stage 8 and our Spanish Champion Omar Fraile up there on multiple occasions. We had a good spirit in the team and all of the riders did a great job to support Alexey and help him to achieve his GC result. As you can see, many teams are leaving without a stage win, but we can be happy knowing we did our maximum every day and were able to finish with Alexey in seventh place overall”, – said Fofonov.

General Classification: 1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates); 2. Jonas Vingegaard (Team Jumbo-Visma); 3. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers)… 7. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana – Premier Tech).

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— Phoebe Haymes to www.astana-qazaqstan.com