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20 August 2019

  • Lutsenko: I believe I can win the world championships

    Astana's Alexey Lutsenko issued a statement of intent ahead of next month's UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire with a dramatic final-day victory at the Arctic Race of Norway on Sunday. The Kazakh champion toppled Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic) in a nail-biting battle on the finishing circuit in Narvik that came down to bonus seconds.

    Lutsenko had built his victory by making a 33-rider split on the frenetic rolling opening stage on the Lofoten islands and then limiting his losses to Barguil on the short-but-steep Storheia summit finish on Saturday, before snatching it at the very last.

    The Norway parcours, Lutsenko noted, bears a lot of similarities to the terrain on which he'll be racing at the Worlds in Yorkshire in a bid for the rainbow jersey on September 29. As such, his ambitions are high.

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    "I think Yorkshire will be a really good Worlds for me," Lutsenko told reporters in Narvik after raising the trophy. "It will be a similar parcours to here – up and down all the time.

    "I'm going to do the maximum I can to go there and try to win. I'm preparing 100 per cent, and this was a good first step."

    Lutsenko has had a fine season so far. There was no stage win at the Tour de France but the Norway victory is his eighth of the year, following three stages and the overall at the Tour of Oman, a stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, and the road race-time trial double at the Kazakh national championships.

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Howard Heighton has kindly agreed to organise a training weekend, details as follows;

Date 16/17th March

Day 1.

Gretna Newton Aycliffe to Bellingham - approx 100 miles

Overnight stay in Bellingham bunkhouse. There is a nearby pub for evening meals and drinks.

£22 pppn. We can can have full occupancy for £300. It sleeps maximum 15, but if we get less than that, we could divide the cost evenly if all agree.

Day 2. 

Self catering is available for breakfast, but a nearby cafe have agreed to open early if we want to eat there instead.

Bellingham - The Gretna - approx 100 miles. 

Baggage will be taken there and back.

Please contact Howard direct to book your place. 

 

Route

Saturday March 16th.

Gretna, Rushyford, Ferryhill, Kirk Merrington, Whitworth, Billy Row, Cornsay Colliery, Muggleswick, Edmundbyres, Minsteracres, Hindley, Bywell, Corbidge   51.64 Miles

Lunch at Spokes Kitchen.

Aydon Castle, Wall House, Matfen, Ryal, Chollerton, Chollerford, Nunwick       

 (- Turn to Bellingham for the 70.52 mile route.)

Stonehaugh, Hetherington, Hesleyside, Lane Head, Charlton, Bellingham

Stop at Demesne Bunkhouse 45.38 Miles Total 97.02 Miles

1 room for 8 people, 1 for 4 and 1 for 3. Cost �22 each.

Sun March 17th
Breakfast at local cafe (Bunkhouse owner will arrange for it to be
open.)

Bellingham, Otterburn, Elsdon, Thropton, Rothbury, Forestburn Gate, Scotts Gap, Blackheddon, Stamfordham

Plough Inn for Lunch (49.52 Miles)

Rudchester, Wylam, Coalburns, Hedley on the hill, Newlands, Allensford, Rowley, High Stoop, Wolsingham, Hamsterley, Toft Hill, Low Etherly, South Church. Old Eldon, Gretna

50 Miles total 99.52 Miles.

 

Van will be available to carry and collect luggage.

If required he can do a 70ish mile route for day two as well.