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Tatyana Antoshina takes all the gold at the Russian road championships
logo rusvelo RusVelo rider Tatyana Antoshina took her sixth national champion’s title in the 125 km-long road race, made of nine 13.88 km-long laps around the city center of Tula. Just two days after she topped the podium of the individual, she finished in a breathtaking solo attack 34 seconds clear of her teammate Aizhan Zhaparova who, in her turn, won a sprint duel against Xeniya Dobrynina (Astana – BePink). The peloton came in almost 2 minutes down on the winner, and two more RusVelo riders, Oxana Kozonchuk and Anastasia Chulkova, made it to the top-10. It was the second day running of awful weather conditions you expect at the end of March rather than on the last weekend of June: the race started in +9C, under the rain and stormy wind. No wonder that about a third of the starters failed to finish the race. The crucial attack followed an endless series of minor ones, three laps to go when Zhaparova and Dobrynina escaped on 4-5% drag and gradually gained a gap of more than 1.30. Then, just a little more than a lap to go, on the same wide uphill stretch, a sharp counterattack of Tatyana Antoshina followed. She passed the breakaway duo, never letting any of them catch her wheel, and finished alone.

Tatyana Antoshina:
“I’m not so much into statistics, so when they said before the start that I have already got five titles under the belt, I said to myself: well, I won’t mind taking the sixth one. I rode for the win, and it worked. The weather made it double hard, but it didn’t make us less aggressive. I planned my attack on the last uphill and then never looked back and never played any tactical games, just went full gas. I’d like to thank the team for the help, the girls were a real dominating force in the race”.

Aizhan Zhaparova:
“At the team meeting we were told to stay at the front and constantly look for the chance, as the weather conditions, especially the wind, made the race unpredictable. I went for it three laps to go, when everybody was tired. The weather was no scare for me, I’m pretty used to racing in any conditions. I was sure that I could win the sprint against Xenia, I’m not a born sprinter, but we have paid a lot of attention to speed in the workouts lately, and it pays back”.
Mikhail Rostovtsev, RusVelo DS:
“Whenever possible, we should aim at the maximum goal. That is, a 100 per cent RusVelo podium would make me 100 per cent happy. It didn’t happen, but the main thing is that there’s still a lot of work on various aspects ahead of us, and we’ll do it. For instance, Aizhan should race with a cooler head, she is still too emotional”.

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