1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Sport
  4. Sport

Astana cyclist Lutsenko wins Tour of Almaty

Photo courtesy of Vesti.kz. Photo courtesy of Vesti.kz.

Astana cyclist Alexey Lutsenko has won the Tour of Almaty, Tengrinews reports citing Vesti.kz.

The Tour of Almaty, total distance of 186 km (six 31km loops), kicked off at 10:00 a.m. from Nurly Tau business center.

In the beginning, a cycler from Kazakhstan Dmitriy Gruzdev and Ilnur Zakarin from RusVelo took the lead of the race. The cyclers stayed 4 minutes ahead of their closest rivals, but lost to Lutsenko at the finish line.

Earlier, Lutsenko also took the gold at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Sergey Chernetsky of Katyusha took the second place, while RusVelo’s Sergey Lagutin crossed the finish line third.

Lutsenko dedicated his victory to his 9-month-old baby. The cycler thanked the Astana Pro Team and Nimbali for support.

The Tour of Almaty was organized by the Almaty Akimat (Municipal authorities) and Kazakhstan Cycling Federation. The competition was broadcasted live by Eurosport, KazSport and Almaty channels.

Cyclers from Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan), Team Katusha (Russia), Team La Pomme Marseille 13 (France), Bardiani (Italy), Rusvelo (Russia), Team Novo Nordisk (USA), Vino 4-Ever (Kazakhstan) и Kazakhstan National Team (Kazakhstan) competed in the race on October 5 among 20 participating teams. The winner of the 2014 Tour de France captain of Astana Pro Team Vincenzo Nibali participated as the main guest.

The General Manager of Astana Team Pro Alexander Vinokurov said that the competition was well organized. “It is a great event, where you are not waiting for a peloton, but enjoy a sprint. It is a very interesting race,” Vinokurov said.

“Last year we organised the professional cycling race Tour of Almaty for the first time in our country. The Union Cycliste Internationale raised the category of the race to 1.1, which allowed participation of the best professional teams,” the Akim Akhmetzhan Yessimov said at the opening of the race.

The Head of the Kazakhstan’s Cycling Federation Kairat Kelimbetov added that the event had a symbolic meaning since it coincided with the 100th anniversary of cycling in Kazakhstan. “Having a 1.1 international cycling race will be an important contribution into the development of Kazakhstani cycling that has been gaining more and more popularity lately,” Kelimbetov said.

Tom Van Damme of the UCI also noted the high level of the Tour Almaty. “Today Kazakhstan is a fast developing cycling country. I want to note the significant role of the organizers, who conducted the event at a high level. For international cyclers it is very important to expand their cycling geography and not just to continue developing the sport in the countries it has already succeeded in. I can say that Kazakhstan is in the forefront of it,” the head of the UCI said.

By Gyuzel Kamalova

Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies
Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Sweden re-militarises Baltic island of Gotland
China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Boxing: Golovkin eyes Saunders after stopping Brook
Kazakhstan shifts PM to security chief
Oil prices gain despite rising OPEC supply forecast
US to give Philippines military planes
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
Italy quake death toll nears 250
Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Pokemon's a no-go on Bangkok's roads
July was Earth's hottest month in modern times
Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights