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One-two for RusVelo in the Memorial of Oleg Dyachenko

RusVelo rider Andrey Solomennikov won the Memorial of Oleg Dyachenko, a popular one-day race held on the 13.4 km-long Olympic circuit in Krylatskotye. One of the most demanding cycling-specific laps in the world was done 12 times, making the race a highly selective one. Solomennikov’s teammate Igor Boev came in second, 28 seconds behind the winner, the Ukrainian Oleksandr Polivoda (KOLLS) took the sprint for 3rd in a duel with another RusVelo rider Sergey Klimov. Yesterday’s Mayor Cup winner Sergey Lagutin crossed the line 8th, also collecting important UCI points.

Andrey Solomennikov gave a detailed account of the race:
“When I saw the line, I told myself: at last, I did it! I like this course, it suits my characteristics 100 %, but last time I won here nine years ago, at the junior nationals, then went on to take silver in the European championships. The team chose Sergey Klimov and me as the leaders, so we were holding ourselves back to a certain moment, there is no riding Krylatskoye in an eco-mode though, you are getting dropped immediately. The team was incredible today; especially if you keep it in mind how difficult it is to control the situation with six riders on this up and down circuit with hundreds of turns. There was no breakaway of the day, all the attackers gained no more than 40 seconds. All the uphill sections were set against the wind today, so the pack fell apart on flats and false flats in a side wind. Finally, some 50 km to go, we managed to get away as a strong leading group; apart from myself, there were two RusVelo riders in it, Klimov and Igor Boev. I made the final attack with a little more than one laps on a steepest ascent, my teammates blocked the chase and I quickly gained about 30 seconds. When I got the info that with 5 km to go I had only Igor behind me in about half a minute, I realized that the victory is finally mine”.

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