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Igor Boev stage winner and new GC leader of the Tour of Kavkaz

RusVelo rider Igor Boev won stage two of 2.2 Tour of Kavkaz. A modified course consisted of two laps, 80 kilometers each. A demanding hilly profile gave a plenty of opportunity for aggressive riding, the race was full of moves. Twelve riders made the decisive escape of the day that lasted to the finish, three of them representing RusVelo. Boev outsprinted his companions and took over the lead both in the GC and in the points standings.

RusVelo DS Alexey Markov said:
“The stage was full of action, and the leading group shaped up pretty soon. We had three riders in it; exactly those ones whom we wanted to position themselves at the front: Igor Boev, Timofey Kritskiy and Sergey Firsanov. It was soon evident that Boev had very good legs, as he won the first mountain prize. The teammates were of great help for him at the main finish as well. Tomorrow’s stage is pretty flat, and we do not expect serious changes in the standings; then we have a mountain stage on Sunday and a short time trial on Monday. We expect either Kritskiy or Firsanov, looking fully recovered after his injury at the Tour de Pologne to take over the yellow jersey in these two days. I think those riders who missed the selection in today’s breakaway and now hang six and more minutes behind the twelve, don’t have much chance to bring themselves back in contention for the general standings.

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