Tour of Zhoushan Island was the last in the series of events in China in which RusVelo women team took part in the last two weeks. The third and last stage turned into a fierce battle for the podium of GC. On a hilly course Wiggle – Honda stood firm to defend their leader’s Charlotte Becker yellow jersey.
RusVelo riders Ilnur Zakarin and Artem Ovechkin made the top 10 in the final stage of 2.HC Vuelta a Burgos.
On the eve of the first event of the UCI cycling World championships, RusVelo men and women’s squads rode the course of the team time trial as a part of the program of the official training, 57.1 and 36.6 km respectively.
RusVelo team announces signing of two young riders, both coming from ITERA-Katusha continental project. Mamyr Stash is 21, rated by the experts as one of the most talented Russian sprinters of the younger generation.
On the final day of the UEC European Track Championships RusVelo riders, representing Russian national squad, made it to the keirin podium twice.
RusVelo rider Olga Zabelinskaya and her teammates succeeded in defending the leadership in the third stage of La Vuelta a El Salvador.
On the second day of the popular Italian stage race the riders faced an extreme test of their abilities. A 160 km-long stage between Sant’Angelo di Gatteo и Sogliano al Rubicone burned down to five extremely damanding 22 km-long laps with a categorized climb, a steep cobbled approach to the finish and a breathtaking descent to the valley with lots of sharp turns.
There was no reconnaissance for RusVelo in the opening stage of the five-day American race. Led by last year’s winner Inga Cilvinaite, the Russian team flexed the muscles in the final kilometers, taking 3rd,4th and 5th with Olga Zebelinskaya, Elena Kuchinskaya and Aleksandra Burchenkova. Flavia OLieveira, an experienced Brazilian rider from Firefighters Upsala CK team, won the stage and put on the leader’s jersey. RusVelo is well ahead of the others in the teams’ standings.
RusVelo track team road as a force to count with at the annual track series, the Memorial of Alexander Lesnikov. They collected three golds and a silver over the first two days. Alexander Serov, taking a break from his road calendar, road the individual pursuit in 4.24.913, two seconds faster than his teammate Evgeny Kovalev.
Over the four days of Russian track championships, four RusVelo girls shared between them three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes. Olga Streltsova and Elena Brezhniva clocked the best time in team sprint, and then Brezniva was first to cross the line in keirin finals.
Today the Russian pro continental team RusVelo opens its road racing season in Europe. There is little opportunity to gradually warm up in the Tour of Algarve, a five day stage race featuring a whole variety of course types, including mountain top finishes and an individual time trial.
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).
RusVelo rider Tatyana Antoshina opened the medal score for RusVelo in the national championships held in the regional center of Tula 160 km south of Moscow. The title defender left the ramp last but didn’t actually have much need for a tactical ride marking the rivals’ splits – it took her 37.51.90 to finish 28 km-long hilly highway course, 1.56 clear of the silver medal winner Kseniya Dobrynina (Astana BePink) and 2.09 ahead of Irina Molicheva (Pratomagno). It was a perfect show of power and regular pedaling. Two more RusVelo riders made the top-10: Aleksandra Burchenkova (7th) and Aizhan Zhaparova (9th).
RusVelo women’s team finished the weekend’s block of three one-day races in El Salvador with an impressive tally of high places. Having opened it with Olga Zabelinskaya’s victory in the Grand Prix GSB, on Friday, on a demanding 99 km-long mountainous course, the Russian squad contested the GP de Oriente. Olga Zabelinskaya finished 4th with the teammate Elena Kuchinskaya crossing the line 7th.
RusVelo rider Sergey Lagutin finished 9th in the opening stage of the popular 2.HC event that started in Spain for the 36th time.
The two one-day classics in which the Russian team takes part this weekend are like two different genres of art. On Saturday, RusVelo is off for the very first time to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the traditional opener of the Belgian calendar, born in 1945.
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.
RusVelo rider Sergey Lagutin came in second in stage two of 2.HC Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg. The experienced Russian, 2003 U-23 World champion, followed the multiple World’s medal winner Matti Breschel (Tinkoff – Saxo) to the line, which put him up to 9th in the general standings, 28 seconds behind the race leader Jean-Pierre Drucker.
RusVelo rider Sergey Lagutin took the third step of the podium of the newly upgraded to 1.1 Tour of Almaty. The 186 km-long race was held on a wide avenue circuit, 6 times by 31 km, with long drags giving the riders plenty of opportunity to attack.
RusVelo rider Sergey Firsanov won the final classification of the Tour of Kavkaz, having finished 2nd in the last stage, 10 km-long uphill time trial. The stage winner Dmitry Ignatiev (ITERA-Katusha) set the best time of 18.21, 33.7 km/h, riding the course 13 seconds faster than his closest rival.