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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.astanapremiertech.com

Einhorn hunts for glory in explosive battles at Tour of Slovakia

An explosive prologue and an interesting first stage opened the Tour of Slovakia. Einhorn was very well in the mix.

With the knowledge that Einhorn got safely over the final climb in stage 1, Carl Fredrik Hagen gave it a good go and bridged the gap to the breakaway of the day. As he joined them, there were only two riders left from the original group of escapees.

Tour de Slovaquie 2021 – 65th Edition – 1st Stage Kosice – Kosice 158,4 km – 16/09/2021 – Israel Start-Up Nation – photo Igor Stancik/BettiniPhoto©2021

The three guys in the break defended a gap of twenty seconds over the peloton in which Israel Start-Up Nation didn’t have to bother about the chase. Chris Froome, Norman Vahtra, Krists Neilands, and Einhorn were very well positioned in the final twenty kilometers of racing, patiently waiting to see if Hagen would be caught or whether they could sprint for a stage victory.

After yesterday’s prologue, a stage win could have potentially put Einhorn in the leader’s jersey, as he was just a handful of seconds behind the leader after an impressive 1.6-kilometer-long effort in the streets of Kosice. However, competition is huge in Slovakia, with sprinters like Hodeg, Nizzolo, and local favorite Peter Sagan.

Hagen got reeled in with five kilometers to the line. From there, Froome, Neilands, and Norman brought Einhorn in the top-10 before the final turn. Einhorn was fast, overtook several competitors, and sprinted to sixth.

Tour de Slovaquie 2021 – 65th Edition – 1st Stage Kosice – Kosice 158,4 km – 16/09/2021 – Bora – Hansgrohe – Israel Start-Up Nation – photo Igor Stancik/BettiniPhoto©2021

“I could rely on my teammates today,” Einhorn said after the finish. “We were well positioned, but it was a big battle for the first spots in the pack towards the final turn. Just before that, Norman got a little bit boxed in. I came from too far back to go for the podium, but I felt fast.”

The strong finish gave Einhorn morale for the next few stages. “Tomorrow there is another chance. As a team, we are capable of doing better than the sixth place, and the second stage is a good one to prove it so.”

— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com