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Sergey Lagutin wins Mayor Cup
logorusvelo RusVelo opens the series of races in Moscow with a win. Sergey Lagutin crossed the line first in a breathtaking finale of the Mayor Cup, just ahead of the main chasing pack. The one-day race was composed of sixteen 10 km-long laps on top of the hilly Western side of the Moskva river, with two long stretches of false flat each. On an extremely windy day there was no end of attacks from the word go, all effectively neutralized by the bunch until about 50 km to go when an initially big escape group managed to ride away. By and by, it was thinned down to four riders, two Russians and two Ukrainians. With 2.5 km left in the race Sergey Lagutin attacked alone and succeed in keeping away from the peloton that all but reeled him in. So the bunch sprint, so typical for the Mayor Cup, this time was staged only for 2nd and 3rd, giving the podium places to two Latvians, Andris Smirnovs (Rietumu – Delfin) and Maris Bogdanovics (Alpha Baltic – Unitymarathons.com).

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Sergey Lagutin: “It was a race almost impossible to control for any team, the lap was pretty tricky, throw in gusting wind too. Everybody was near his limit; there was an impression that every rider was ready to attack at any moment. I was lucky to pass a selection into a good leading group, which gradually thinned down to four, and when I saw there was no joint effort in it anymore, I tried my luck in a solo final kilometers escape. Sure enough, I’m happy that I lasted as far as the finish line”.

Alexander Efimkin, RusVelo DS: “Sergey rode like a true diehard, and I’m very impressed by the way he won. But it was not just a display of brutal force or willpower, he rode with his head as much as with his legs. I’m pleased with the whole team, there was no one in it who could be seen as an also-run. Special kudos to Igor Boev who rode in the escape of the day and was of much help to his teammate. You should take it into account that the peloton never let them go actually, the gap remained within 30-40 seconds, it’s the fact that makes this win still more beautiful”.

The Moscow block of races will continue non-stop with two one-day classics and a stage race to contest. RusVelo line-up for the coming races (except Moscow Cup, where the other six riders, subsequently riding the Tour of Azerbaijan, will be entered) is as follows: Ivan Balykin, Igor Boev, Sergey Klimov, Sergey Lagutin, Roman Maikin and Andrey Solommenikov.

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