Crash leaves Alexey Lutsenko out of Olympics
Jul 31 2016 03:39 am CET

Crash leaves Alexey Lutsenko out of Olympics
Crash leaves Alexey Lutsenko out of Olympics

Astana Pro Team rider Alexey Lutsenko will miss the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro after crashing during a training session in the south of France and suffering an injury to his left ankle.

The injury means that the cyclist cannot be on his bike for at least three weeks.

The rider crashed against a car and was quickly taken to a hospital in Monaco where he was diagnosed with a foot injury. He was going to participate in the road race and in the time trial in Rio and will now be replaced by Andrey Zeits, also of Astana Pro Team.

"It's a shame that it happened right now, during the final training. He just completed a difficult race, the Tour de France, which was his preparation for the Olympics and he was in great shape. This news came as a shock for all of us, because we were careful with his preparation all year," said Alexander Vinokourov, General Manager of the team to Kazakh media.

A lot of the country's hopes for cycling medals were based on Lutsenko, considering that he already won the U-23 World Championships in 2012 and won Gold with his team at the time trial in the Asian Games. "I think he hoped to compete for a medal. This were his first Olympics and it's a shame that an unpleasant accident has prevented him from going," Vinokourov added.

The General Manager himself got the Golden medal at the road race competition of the Olympic Games of London 2012.
Photo of Alexey Lutsenko (cropped) by youkeys - License: Cc-by 2.0





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