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Video: Lutsenko’s epic Tirreno stage win after double crash drama

Posted on: March 16th, 2019

Alexey Lutsenko powered clear alone only to crash twice and then be caught just before the finish. But he still had the legs to win the sprint for Tirreno-Adriatico stage 4.

 

Alexey Lutsenko has taken a remarkable stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico after crashing twice while leading solo.

The Kazakhstan national champion was caught by a three-man chasing group just before the finish.

However, despite his crashes costing him his place out front and the finish coming just after he was caught, he still won the sprint for stage victory.

Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) was 50th at 9:28 today. Conor Dunne (Israel Cycling Academy) was 147th at 29:55.

The 221km stage 4 from Foligno to Fossombrone split to pieces, with Lutsenko attacking solo from the strongman’s front group with about 30km remaining.

 

 

The lead Lutsenko built solo was just under one minute for a long time; two crashes inside the final 20km not helping his cause.

During the first he overshot a bend and went into the undergrowth. He fell against it, maintaining his left foot clipped into his pedal allowing him to get going quickly again.

However, when he crashed for the second time it was just before the finish on a descending sweeping left hander.

Lutsenko hit the ground hard and while he remounted immediately, the three-man chase group was just behind.

That contained race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and overall favourite Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma); both being marked by Lutsenko’s team mate Jakob Fuglsang.

Roglic had ridden the rest of the race off his wheel on the final climb, with only Yates and Fuglsang able to follow.

Spinning a tiny gear up the climb and then flying down off it, Roglic closed the gap to Lutsenko almost singlehandedly.

However, while the three chasers caught Lutsenko in sight of the finish line, he gathered himself and beat them all sprinting.

Roglic was next, with Yates 3rd and Fuglsang in 4th place. Most of the other favourites were in a 14-man group some 23 seconds down.

Yates now leads overall by seven seconds from Roglic, with plenty of a climbing and a final stage TT to come.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) is 3rd at 50 seconds. While he cannot be discounted it is hard to see how Roglic will be beaten for the title.

 

 

 

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