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Interview point: Alexey Lutsenko on his debut at the Giro d'Italia

One of Astana Pro Team leaders, the Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko is preparing to debut at the famous Giro d’Italia. Lutsenko has a good experience on the Grand tours since he already did the Tour de France for three times and the Vuelta a España twice. But, the Italian Grand tour will be his first. Alexey will make his debut at the Giro in Jerusalem, Israel, where the first three stages of the Italian race will be held as part of the historic Big Start.

Alexey, you had a tough spring campaign, the classics races were full of bad luck, crashes and injures. How do you feel now, at the start of the Giro d’Italia?

- The very beginning of the season was quite good, I won my first race of the year, the Tour of Oman. But, later, everything changed at the classics. I had many moments with a real bad luck; I have many crashes in bad racing moments… But, it happens in cycling. After the Tour of Flanders I’ve made a big break, I’ve spent a month without races, had some rest and did a very nice training camp on the altitude. So, now, before the Giro, I am feeling full of energy and in a good mood. This is my first Giro d’Italia and I am happy to be here, I think I am in a right form for this race.

How was your last training camp?

- The camp went really well and productive, I managed to do a lot of important work. After my crash at the Tour of Flanders I spent some time at home to fully recover, and then I went to the altitude for 15 days and came back just before the trip to Israel. I think that the work done there should bear fruit at the Giro.

Have you learned about the route of the Giro d’Italia?

- Yes, I looked through the entire route, but in detail I studied only the first week. Later, I'll see the rest. I liked the route of tomorrow's prologue very much – a short distance with a lot of short climbs and descents – I like this kind of races. I would like to do tomorrow’s ITT on a high level. Of course, this will be the first day for me after a month without racing, everything will depend on the legs, but in general, I feel very good, so let's see what I will do tomorrow. The other two stages in Israel are more suitable for sprinters, but the most interesting things will begin after moving to Sicily: the first week should be difficult and exciting.

What plans and what ambitions do you have in this race?

- First of all, our team is set to fight in the overall classification. We have a young and very promising leader, Miguel Angel Lopez and all the forces will be directed to help him in the race. This is the main goal. Cycling is a team sport and on this race, as well as on others, we, first of all, have to be united and solid team. Of course, I would like to achieve a personal result. I will try to seek the opportunities in a breakaway or in a late attack at one of stages. In general, I am 100% ready to help the team, but I am sure that if I have a chance, the guys will also support me at a moment. We have a strong team, so I am sure that we will succeed in this Giro d'italia.

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