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Asian Road Cycling Championships. Zhandos Bizhigitov takes bronze in road race

Zhandos Bizhigitov from Astana Proteam representing Kazakhstan National Team won the bronze medal in the road race of the Asian Road Cycling Championships, which came to the end today in Bahrain.

In the race held on the Bahrain International Circuit Bizhigitov took third podium place in the sprint from a small leading group of 12 riders.

- I am happy with my performance today. I am not a sprinter, but in the final I tried to do my best, so the bronze medal is a good result for me! Also, it is really nice to reach such a strong result in a jersey of Kazakhstan National Team. We had a plan for today, but from the start the situation began to develop differently. Very early a strong group broke away and I was able to join it. With around three laps to go we realized that the peloton will never come back; the rivals started to attack one by one. I tried to attack as well, but later when the group caught me I decided to save some energy for the final and to prepare for the sprint. Finally, I took a bronze medal, that’s great! After Asian Championships I will have a small break and later will go to Belgium for a several classics races, - said Zhandos Bizhigitov.

The new Asian road race Champion became Korean rider Sanghong Park, silver medal took UAE rider Yousef Mohamed Mirza.

Bizhigitov became a part of 9-men breakaway, which went away on the first part of the distance. Later three more riders joined that group, including another Astana and Kazakhstan rider Daniil Fominykh.

Fominykh launched a powerful attack in the final kilometers, but was caught with only 300 meters to the finish line. Thus, everything in this race was decided in sprint.

It was a successful Asian Championships for Men’s National Team of Kazakhstan, represented by Astana Proteam riders: two gold medals in team and individual time trials as well as bronze medal in road race.

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