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World Championships RusVelo TTT training

On the eve of the first event of the UCI cycling World championships, RusVelo men and women’s squads rode the course of the team time trial as a part of the program of the official training, 57.1 and 36.6 km respectively. The training was held in excellent weather conditions, 20 degrees with no wind.
RusVelo team riders shared their expert experience of the course.

Aleksandra Burchenkova, Elena Kuchinskaya:
“Compared to last year, this course is harder and more technical. First 15 kilometers are really fast, it’s a slight downhill most of the time; then a real work starts. There are false flats and drags, and there is a climb, rather demanding for a race against the clock, closer to the finish. You have to ride out of the saddle a couple of times that will surely lower the speed. If the weather forecast tells the truth, and it will rain, the course would become very dangerous, with lots of roundabouts, a winding descent to the final straight and some slippery new painting”.

Sergey Klimov:
“The course is rather fast, but only if the weather is like today. The rain would totally change the character of the race. While today there were no more than three places where we seriously got the brakes working, you’d touch them a lot of times in the wet. We’d lose speed on the roundabouts with negative banking and a loss of grip as a consequence. Some parts of the race will be physically demanding: one of the drags starts right after a sharp slow turn, the last climb feels very hard after some 50 kilomters of racing all out. Still, we’ll have some long flat or slightly descending straights to compensate for this. I’d say the course lives up to the level of the event.

RusVelo women’s TTT line up: Tatiana Antoshina, Aleksandra Burchenkova, Anastasia Chulkova, Oxana Kozonchuck, Elena Kuchinskaya, Maria Savitskaya.

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RusVelo men’s squad: Ivan Balykin, Sergey Klimov, Sergey Lagutin, Artem Ovechkin, Andrey Solomennikov, Ilnur Zakarin.

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