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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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Astana Qazaqstan Team for Clásica Jaén Paraiso Interior 2022 – Astana

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Clásica Jaén Paraiso Interior 2022

Astana Qazaqstan Team will take part in the premier edition of the Spanish one-day race Clásica Jaén Paraiso Interior, which will be held tomorrow, on February 14th.

Rider roster: Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Miguel Angel Lopez (COL), Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ), Davide Martinelli (ITA), Yuriy Natarov (KAZ), Nurbergen Nurlykhassym (KAZ), Yevgeniy Fedorov (KAZ).

 

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

Race information: https://clasicajaen.com

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La Vuelta. Stage 11. Aleksandr Vlasov takes eighth place in Valdepeñas de Jaén – Astana

La Vuelta. Stage 11. Aleksandr Vlasov takes eighth place in Valdepeñas de Jaén

Aleksandr Vlasov takes a good eighth place in the powerful uphill sprint on a short but super steep climb on the streets of Valdepeñas de Jaén. The group of the red jersey caught the only survived rider from the breakaway Magnus Cort with some 300-400 meters to go, playing the stage victory in the sprint.

Vlasov, positioned well in front, was able to follow the move of Primoz Roglic, Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez, at the end of the day, finishing eighth, seven seconds behind the stage winner Roglic.

“It was a very fast day with an impressive pace in the group all day long. I was really well protected by my teammates and felt comfortable in the peloton, while before the last climb I took a good position in front and just did my best to the finish line, trying to be as high as possible. It worked out pretty well and I did a good sprint in the final, so I can be happy with my place in the Top-10 today. We had two fast and hot days here at La Vuelta after the first rest day, but more tough stages are still to come. So, let’s see how the race will go on”,– said Aleksandr Vlasov.

“Our team did a good race, and we can be really satisfied with the way Aleksandr, but also other guys did the final climb. Indeed, today we missed Alex Aranburu, who also could be among the contenders at this stage, but also could help the team in the following stages. But there is nothing to do as Alex got some injuries in the yesterday crash and was forced to abandon. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see Alex in the next races of the season. However, it was a good stage for us, and Aleksandr showed today good legs on a very tough climb. We have protected our positions today and we are looking forward to the next stages here at La Vuelta”, – added Dmitriy Fofonov, Team Performance Manager.

After Stage 11 Aleksandr Vlasov moved up to 11th place in the General Classification led by the Norwegian Odd Christian Eiking.

La Vuelta, Stage 11. Antequera – Valdepeñas de Jaén, 133.6 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma); 2. Enric Mas. (Movistar Team); 3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar Team).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 8. Aleksandr Vlasov; 16. Ion Izagirre; 26. Luis Leon Sanchez.

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