Asian Road Cycling Championships. Gleb Brussenskiy wins gold, Daniil Pronskiy and Nicolas Vinokurov complete U23 road race podium – Astana

Asian Road Cycling Championships. Gleb Brussenskiy wins gold, Daniil Pronskiy and Nicolas Vinokurov complete U23 road race podium

Kazakhstan National Team dominated today’s Under23 road race of Asian Road Cycling Championships in Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Gleb Brussenskiy of Astana Qazaqstan Team won the gold medal, while Daniil Pronskiy and Nicolas Vinokurov, both from Astana Qazaqstan Development Team, completed the podium with silver and bronze medals, respectively.

After the early break has been caught back by the peloton, Brussenskiy, Pronskiy and Vinokurov launched a powerful attack on the climb, shortly opening a good gap to the main group. Working well together three riders increased their advantage to five minutes with just 10 km to go and, thus, secured all-Kazakh race podium.

“Well, we were really motivated to do a strong race and to try to win all three medals today. So, from the start our team took control over the race, chasing the break and controlling the attacks. Orken Slamzhanov did a great job today, helping us to keep the break under full control. With three kilometers to the top of the climb we attacked, and it worked out. Nobody could follow us while we were able to open and to keep a good gap. Well, it was a perfect day for us, and everything went according to our plan. The start of the season was not the ideal for me, but I am happy I got a chance to start today and to win this gold medal for Kazakhstan. Also, I am happy with the guys from our team, Daniil and Nicolas, who showed great form today and won silver and bronze medals for our National Team”, – said Gleb Brussenskiy.


“I want to congratulate our National Team and Nurlan Smagulov, the president of Kazakhstan Cycling Federation with a solid success! Indeed, our team spend a wonderful day on the road winning all three medals in Under23 race! The team worked really well all day long and on the main climb of the day the guys found a perfect moment to attack – firstly Gleb and Daniil launched a strong move, while later Nicolas was able to join them on the top of the climb with some 70 km to go. There was still a long way to go, but the guys did not give up, pushing hard until the finish. I am proud with our result in this race. Tomorrow we will try our best in Elite road race. It will be a tough challenge, but we will keep on fighting!”- added Alexandr Vinokurov, General Manager of Astana Qazaqstan Team.

— 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.

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— Phoebe Haymes to www.astana-qazaqstan.com