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RusVelo in Belgium: one step at a time

RusVelo continues to acquire precious experience of riding Northern classics. Four days after the team broke the ground in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the Russian riders crossed the start line of Le Samyn. Warm weather presented a striking contrast to last year’s edition, but the rest of a normal set of difficulties of a Belgian race was there: high winds, narrow winding roads, variable road surface, ups and downs and endless attacks. Yet five out of seven RusVelo starters made it to the front group with Roman Maikin taking the highest position of them.

RusVelo’s DS Sergey Ivanov, a well-known classics specialist in his recent past of a pro rider, says: “Racing in Belgium is a very specific thing. It takes time to get used to it. You need to know the roads and you need to learn the tricks of the trade. Moreover, you need to ride close to the front to boost your confidence. Our guys were anything but shy this time, they put the pressure on the rivals, they tried their legs in breakaway attempts. Now they know they can do it, and that’s the most important thing. Basing on it, RusVelo riders will be able to set themselves higher goals next time”.

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