Kazakhstan athlete won a brilliant victory in the road race at a distance of 150 km from Jakarta to Palembang, where he took gold in the final sprint from Fumiyuki Beppu from Japan.
The national team of Kazakhstan, represented by the riders of the Astana Pro Team, Zhandos Bizhigitov, Daniil Fominykh and Yevgeniy Gidich, spent the whole day in the head of the main group, controlling the race and catching up the breakaway, working for the team leader Alexey Lutsenko.
- I’m very happy, still cannot express my impressions. Thanks to everyone who was supporting me, I am very happy that I have added a gold medal to the national team. Special thanks to the guys who controlled the whole race, worked from the first kilometers in the head of the peloton, I could thank them only with today's victory. Today is a successful day; tomorrow is another important day for me, - commented Alexey Lutsenko after the finish.
This is the second gold medal for Alexei Lutsenko at continental competitions; in 2014 he also became the champion of the Asian Games in the individual race.
Tomorrow Alexey Lutsenko will represent Kazakhstan in an individual time trial with the distance of 40 km.
Photo credit: Sali Sabirov / National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan