Spring comes to RusVelo with two one-day races
The two one-day classics in which the Russian team takes part this weekend are like two different genres of art. On Saturday, RusVelo is off for the very first time to Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the traditional opener of the Belgian calendar, born in 1945. The 1.HC race is considered a dress rehearsal for the Tour of Flanders, with the course passing some famous bergs and cobblestone sections. It’s a prototypical Northern classic where only physically strong riders with a high resistance to cold can leave their marks (suffice to say that a couple of the race’s editions were running in the snow). The sports director Sergey Ivanov, a well-known classic specialist who made it to the podium in the North on more than one occasion, selected the following line-up: Igor Boev, Leonid Krasnov, Timofey Kriskiy, Roman Maikin, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Andrey Solomennikov and Gennady Tatarinov.
The other part of RusVelo team goes to Switzerland this Sunday where they will contest the GP di Lugano, a 1.1 race that suits better all-rounders capable of climbing. The last year’s edition was cancelled due to a snowfall; this time the prospect is brighter in all the senses of the word. The DS’s choice is as follows: Ivan Balykin, Ilnur Zakarin, Sergey Klimov, Sergey Lagutin, Artem Ovechkin, Sergey Pomishnikov and SergeyFirsanov. Sergey Honchar and Alexander Efimkin will follow the riders in the team cars.