Alexey Lutsenko takes solo victory at Coppa Sabatini
Sep 20 2019 05:11 am CET

Alexey Lutsenko takes solo victory at Coppa Sabatini
Alexey Lutsenko takes solo victory at Coppa Sabatini

Astana's Alexey Lutsenko has taken a solo victory at the Coppa Sabatini after a solo breakaway that started with 86 kilometres to go.

The 195.9-kilometre Italian race started with an escape of around 17 riders, but the peloton kept them at bay until the gap was reduced to around 40 seconds. It was then when Lutsenko launched a strong attack and joined the men in front, worked with them for a while but when he reacted to Egan Bernal's move, went away by himself.

The rider created a gap big enough to cross the finish line more than one minute before the riders that finished in second and third place: Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) and Simone Velasco (Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia). "I was hoping that some riders would join me, but when I turned around on the top of the climb, I realized that the gap is already around 15-20 seconds and there was nobody on my wheel. So, I’ve got courage and began to work alone. When the gap increased to 40-50 seconds, I understood that I have to continue solo until the end.

"This became a surprise to everyone, but not to me, as I always prefer to attack in advance. Although, riding alone during 86 km is a bit too much, so the last 30-40 km were really tough. Of course, I would like to thank my team and all teammates who did a good job today, also I’ve got great support from my sports director, who was leading me through the race by radio. I’d like to thank our general partner Samruk-Kazyna for supporting our team and I was happy today that all people at the finish listened to the Anthem of Kazakhstan. So, I am really happy because I won, and a victory is a victory! What else can you say?"