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Baloise Belgium Tour. Stage 2. Active race for our Kazakh rider Zhandos Bizhigitov

The hard second stage of Tour of Belgium with 6 climbs and 7 pave sectors finished today in Zottegem after 180 km of racing. 

It was an active day for our Kazakh rider Zhandos Bizhigitov, who was always in the front, participated in the late decisive breakaway and backed to the peloton only 10 km to go, after attack of solo stage winner Remco Evenepoel.

Finally, Zhandos Bizhigitov with his teammate Laurens De Vreese finished in the main group that was also reduced up to 30 selected riders.

- Today it was classical Belgium race, with the narrow roads, always left and right. In the first part of the day we tried to make a ‘bordure’ at the crosswind, but the wind was not so strong and it we didn’t make a big selection. Then active race was started with climbs and pave and the group, including me and 8-9 riders, attacked. We worked together, while some other riders were joining our group from the peloton and finally we were around 25-30 riders in the front. But, unfortunately, at the 10 km to go, when the last pave sectors started I come back to the peloton, where were also only around 30 riders. I had good legs today, but I’m not a big specialist to ride on pave and therefore, at the final pave sector it was hard to follow the leading group. Tomorrow is another day, the individual time trial, where we will try to make a good performance, and after another hard stage, let’s see how the legs will answer, - said Zhandos Bizhigitov after the race.

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