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Giro della Toscana. Zhandos Bizhigitov wins mountain classification, Merhawi Kudus finishes in Top 10

Classical Italian race Giro della Toscana Memorial Alfredo Martini finished today in Pontedera after 204,4 km of racing.

Kazakh rider Zhandos Bizhigitov spent more than 150 km in the breakaway of the day with four other riders and won the mountain classification of the race.

Another Astana Pro Team rider Merhawi Kudus took active part in decisive attacks in final part of the race and finished eighth, 58 seconds behind the winner Giovanni Visconti from Italy.

- I was planning to go to the breakaway since the race start, to make my team free from working in the main group. Working in this breakaway I managed to win mountain classification. It were three mountain primes during the race, I won two of them. When it was around 30 km to go, we were caught by the peloton, I made my work for today and finished with my own pace. I’m satisfied with my race today, it was nice to go to the breakaway and to test my conditions. I feel very good and have a good legs before the upcoming races and World championships, where I will be able to support our leader, - said Zhandos Bizhigitov after the finish.

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