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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

Astana – Premier Tech for Coppa Agostoni – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Coppa Agostoni

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in Italian one-day race Coppa Agostoni, which is going to be held on Monday, October 11th.

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

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

Race information: https://www.coppaagostoni.it

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Coppa Bernocchi – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Coppa Bernocchi

Astana – Premier Tech will take part in the Italian Conde-day race Coppa Bernocchi on October 4th.

Rider roster: Alex Aranburu (SPA), Samuele Battistella (ITA), Manuele Boaro (ITA), Javier Romo (SPA), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA), Mattteo Sobrero (ITA).

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

Race information: https://www.uslegnanese.it

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Vadim Pronskiy sustains multiple fractures in Coppa Sabatini crash – Astana

Vadim Pronskiy sustains multiple fractures in Coppa Sabatini crash

Vadim Pronskiy’s season came to an unfortunate end at Coppa Sabatini with the 23-year-old Kazakh rider sustaining multiple fractures in a nasty crash at the one-day race in Italy.

Pronskiy was airlifted to hospital where X-rays confirmed multiple non-displaced fractures and a pneumothorax.

“Vadim Pronskiy was involved in a serious crash at Coppa Sabatini today and has unfortunately sustained multiple fractures. He has fractured the left caput radii (elbow) and second rib, a transverse process fracture of the L1 vertebrae, and a pneumothorax of the right lung. Fortunately, all of the fractures are non-displaced so Vadim will not require surgery. He is stable now and will remain in hospital for a few days until the pneumothorax has healed enough to allow for transport home by road, as air transport poses a risk of a new pneumothorax. Given the nature of his injuries, Vadim will not be able to race again this season so our focus now is on his recovery and rehabilitation,” said Dr. Andrei Mikhailov.

Harold Tejada was also involved in a separate crash and was taken to hospital for examination but fortunately escaped without any fractures. However, due to a cervical distortion and multiple contusions, Tejada will not start at Memorial Marco Pantani this Saturday.

Photo: Getty Images

— Phoebe Haymes to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Sonny Colbrelli 2nd at Coppa Sabatini

Sonny Colbrelli crossed the line behind Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo) on an uphill sprint to the line at Coppa Sabatini.

This year’s Gran Premio Citta di Peccioli was a bit different than in the previous years. It was 210 km long with three different circuits which always passed through the tiny picturesque old city Peccioli.

Despite an early breakaway, Bahrain Victorious took control of the race to manage the gap. Sonny was positioned very well at the penultimate climb and was one of the protagonists who pushed the group. On the final climb, Colbrelli and seven riders went up the road with a minute to the peloton. With several attacks, Sonny chose the right moment to follow Valgren but ultimately had to settle for second as fatigue from his efforts in the European Championships set in.

Coppa Sabatini 2021 – Gran Premio Citta di Peccioli – 69th Edition – Peccioli – Peccioli 210,8 km – 16/09/2021 – Sonny Colbrelli (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Sonny Colbrelli: “I gave it my all today. In the late breakaway group, I always pull at the front. They were in two of the same team, and obviously, Valgren stayed behind. Therefore, in the finale, he has more energy left. I can’t say I’m happy with a second-place result, as I always want to win. Today more than ever, I’m wearing the European Champion jersey and wanted to take the first win with it. Besides that, my teammates, especially Domen Novak and Jonathan Milan, worked hard, and I wanted to repay them with a victory”.

Alberto Volpi, Bahrain Victorious Sports Director: “We are satisfied with today’s racing. Guys followed the instructions and the team strategy. Sonny was at the end well positioned with the help of all his teammates. Unfortunately, he didn’t have strength in the last few meters, and he finished 2nd.”

Sonny Colbrelli can soon have another opportunity to take the first victory with the European Champion jersey, as he will lead Bahrain Victorious at Memorial Marco Pantani, scheduled on Saturday 18th September. The Italian Champion already won this race in 2014, which wants to remember one of the most beloved Italian cyclists of all time.

This edition will feature a traditional route of 196km from Castrocaro Terme Terra del Sole to Cesenatico. A challenging course, including the Montevecchio circuit with a 5km climb (average slope of 6-8% with peaks of 13-14%) to be covered three times. Then the race heads towards the sea, with the finale on the Cesenatico 5km circuit to repeat four times, for a total of Km 20.

Alberto Volpi, Bahrain Victorious SD: “Memorial Pantani is always a particular race with a challenging first part with many climbs and a second easier part on the plain. We aim to win the race with our leader Sonny Colbrelli, supported by Domen Novak. We will also try to enter in the break with Pernsteiner, Padun and Williams”.

(All pictures can be used for editorial and non-commercial usages only and are copyright @Bettiniphoto @TeamBahrainVictorious)

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Astana – Premier Tech for Giro della Toscana and Coppa Sabatini – Astana

Astana – Premier Tech for Giro della Toscana and Coppa Sabatini

Astana – Premier Tech is going to take part in two Italian Conde-day races: Giro della Toscana (September 15th) and Coppa Sabatini (September 16th).

Rider roster for both races: Samuele Battistella (ITA), Manuele Boaro (ITA), Merhawi Kudus (ERI), Harold Tejada (COL), Vadim Pronskiy (KAZ), Stefan De Bod (RSA), Yevgeniy Fedorov (KAZ).

Sports director: Giuseppe Martinelli (ITA).

Race information: http://www.girodellatoscana.com

— Vitalii to www.astanapremiertech.com