One-two for RusVelo in stage 1 of GP of Adygeya
RusVelo has picked up where it left off in the mountains of Caucasus. Ilnur Zakarin, GC winner of the recent GP of Sochi takes the lead of yet another stage race held in the region of Adygeya. He won today’s stage, an 10 km-long uphill ITT, clocking 16.47, almost 45 seconds ahead of his teammate Sergey Firsanov. Alexey Ryabkin, a young athlete from a newly-born Team 21, set the third best time. Curiously enough, the name of the village where the finish line was drawn is Pobeda, which means “victory” in Russian.
Alexander Efimkin, RusVelo’s DS, said:
“We had every reason to expect good performance from Ilnur and Sergey, I knew they did a lot of specific training for this event – and they lived up to the high expectations by 100 per cent. The course was short but tricky; you have to be a real pro to take into account every minor but vitally important detail. There was no room for gradual pace gaining, if you didn’t go first 1.5 km all out you’d have no chances, no matter how hard you’d try to compensate for this later. The steepest parts reached 12%, the climb flattened out two times briefly, but barely enough to take your breath. Right gear choice and optimum line through different sorts of pavement were also all-important. My compliments to the youngster from Team 21, to be on the podium in such a serious company is a great line for his palmares”.
The five-day race will finish on April 20. The experts focus on Stage 4 as a decider, which will test the riders’ legs with numerous climbs.