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Artem Ovechkin takes Russian ITT championships bronze

RusVelo rider Artem Ovechkin clocked the 3rd best time in the elite individual time trial Russian championships winning his second consecutive bronze in this event. He finished 50 km-long race in 1.03.02, at the average speed of 47.594 km/h. Two Katusha teammates, Anton Vorobyev and Sergey Chernetsky took first and second. The 25 km-long course was set on a broad highway, the fact that made the ascents and descents visually less impressive. Yet it turned out a very hard test of different time trialist’s qualities, including weather resistance: the air under the leaden skies was just slightly warmer than 10° C; it was raining all the time with frequent gusts of northwestern wind.


Artem Ovechkin said:
“A medal is a medal, but I can’t help feeling a bit disappointed. The form is here, but the weather proved too much for me – I did a lot of specific training in Spain, it was hot out there, and who could expect conditions like that at the end of June? Cold weather has always been a problem for me, I’m too skinny for that. As to the course, it was OK, a little less hilly than I would like. Well, I’ll keep on trying to break this spell of being third”.


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