Alexey Lutsenko strikes again at Memorial Marco Pantani
Sep 22 2019 01:33 am CET

Alexey Lutsenko strikes again at Memorial Marco Pantani
Alexey Lutsenko strikes again at Memorial Marco Pantani
Astana

Astana's Alexey Lutsenko has taken the victory of the Italian Memorial Marco Pantani by crossing the finish line ahead of Diego Rosa and Guillaume Martin.

Just days after taking an impressive solo victory at the Coppa Sabatini, the Kazakh national champion took another win in Italy, this time at the Memorial Marco Pantani. Lutsenko launched an attack from the peloton with two kilometres to go, caught the four escapees and continued to sprint to victory.

"The start of the race was quite intense as it took some time before the breakaway finally went away," said the rider. "They have got a good gap of 6-7 minutes, while some teams decided to chase them back. We stayed safely in the peloton, preferring to wait until the local laps. I want to thank all team for supporting me today, especially Zhandos Bizhigitov, who was always next to me, keeping me on a perfect position in front of the pack. With many good sprinters in the bunch, honestly, I did not plan to do something in the final as usually, I am not a contender in a sprint. But our sports director Giuseppe Martinelli advised me to try to attack with 2 km to go. He knows well the finish town and has a great experience, so I just decided to follow that advice.

"I attacked exactly where Martinelli told me and quickly took a nice gap over the main group. With 500 meters to go, I caught the guys from the breakaway and with 200 meters to go I launched my sprint for a win. Everything worked out perfectly! This victory is a bit surprising to me, but I am very happy with it. It is a nice race in honour of a great champion Marco Pantani. I know how this race is important for Giuseppe Martinelli and I am super happy to bring this win to him!"




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