Alexey Lutsenko takes stage win and overall lead in Tour of Oman
Feb 18 2019 11:57 pm CET

Alexey Lutsenko takes stage win and overall lead in Tour of Oman
Alexey Lutsenko takes stage win and overall lead in Tour of Oman
Astana

Astana's Alexey Lutsenko has taken the victory of the third stage of the Tour of Oman, making it two wins in a row in the race.

The Kazakh team did a good job maintaining Lutsenko in a good position as the peloton split several times due to the hard winds that forced the creation of echelons. The 192.5-kilometre stage was more difficult than expected because of the crosswinds and UAE Team Emirates took the lead of the peloton to try to protect the leader's jersey of Alexander Kristoff.

A group of around 30 riders took the lead at the bottom of the final climb and Lutsenko managed to stay there until the end. The Kazakh champion attacked in the last kilometre and crossed the finish line just ahead of Cofidis' Jesus Herrada and CCC Team's Greg Van Avermaert.

With this victory, Lutsenko took the overall lead of the race. "Today I really have to thank my teammates for all their hard work, all the time they kept me out of trouble during the echelons and they put me in the perfect position at the start of the final climb," he explained. "The final 50 km it turned out to be hard and hectic, but I’m thrilled I managed to win another time.

"I’m feeling very strong after the training camp on Tenerife with the team, so I want to thank all my trainers that pushed me during this camp. It’s a great period for our team, with so many great results in a short time, I’m proud to ride for this team and want to thank all of our sponsors for making this possible. Of course, I hope I can win the overall race again, but there are still many hard days to come."




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