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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.

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

We are almost there. The Teesside open events start on 10th March with the Cleveland Wheelers CC 21mile SPOCO circuit event in the Stokesley, North Yorkshire, area. With the closing date fast approaching, be reminded that Teesside time trials this year nearly all have a specific road bike category, so you can now compete on a level playing field with others using this type of machine. To bring attention to the specification you must adhere to if entering the road bike event, please see details below:

To enter a 2019 road bike specific event in the Teesside District, the following specification is appropriate to the conditions of entry:

The Rider:

  • · No time trial style pointy helmets (including Kask Bambino), or helmets with built in visors should be worn.
  • · No riding with elbows or forearms on the handlebars. If witnessed, competitor will be disqualified.

The Cycle:

  • · The frame should be constructed in the traditional pattern, i.e. built around a main triangle.
  • · No time trial style or triathlon forward extension bars with or without elbow pads should be present.
  • · Wheels should be of a spoked construction, with a minimum of 12 spokes and a maximum depth of 60mm.

Please apply the spirit of the road bike competition in your equipment choice.

Have a good season & hope to see you at some of the Teesside events