Alexey Lutsenko takes final victory of Arctic Race of Norway by one second
Aug 19 2019 05:10 am CET

Alexey Lutsenko takes final victory of Arctic Race of Norway by one second
Alexey Lutsenko takes final victory of Arctic Race of Norway by one second
Astana

Astana Pro Team's Alexey Lutsenko has taken the overall win of the Arctic Race of Norway after finishing in the third place of the last stage of the race.

The Kazakh rider was in the second position of the General Classification after the finish of the first stage of the Norwegian race and remained there until the start of the last day of competition. At the start of the stage, Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic) had a three-second advantage over Lutsenko.

Astana took control of the pace of the peloton and the Kazakh rider took three bonus seconds in the last intermediate sprint, while Barguil took two. Although the rider tried to attack several times in the last kilometre it all came down to the final sprint, where Markus Hoelgaard took the victory, Amund Groendahl Janse was second and Lutsenko was in the third position, which gave him five bonus seconds over the Frenchman, who finished fourth.

Lutsenko won the race by one second. "I am so happy with this victory!" said the rider. "It is an amazing feeling to fight until the last meter and to win! I had huge support from my team, and I want to thank all teammates for this week and for this victory! It is our team’s success! Yesterday we had a super hard stage and the final climb did not suit me really well, but I knew that today’s profile would suit me much better. So, I was motivated to do something, and I succeed. I knew I had to attack on the local laps, and I did my best. I attacked for many times, but every time Barguil was on my wheel. He did a great race too.

"It was hard to drop him on the last climb, so I put everything on the final sprint and this tactic worked out very well. This is my first win this season in the jersey of the Kazakh champion and I am really happy to bring this victory to my country in the Day of Sports in Kazakhstan. Also, I am happy to bring the 11th overall victory to Astana Pro Team and to our main sponsor Samruk-Kazyna. As I know this is a record-breaking achievement for our team."

Barguil and Israel Cycling Academy's Krists Neilands stepped on the other two places of the final podium.




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