Alexey Lutsenko gave Kazakhstan its first ever Under 23 men’s UCI world road race title, reported cyclingnews.com last week.
France’s Bryan Coquard came second, with Belgium’s Tom Van Asbroeck taking third.
177 km race in Valkenburg, Netherlands, Lutsenko covered in 4 hrs 20 min 15 sec.
“The race wasn’t easy. I had to suffer quite a bit and hang on during the last lap,” Lutsenko said in the post-race press conference. “The team worked hard to carry out the preordained tactics and did great work on the last lap. So I have to thank my team.”
Lutsenko was overjoyed to win but will not wear the rainbow jersey in 2013. Instead he will join the pro ranks, as the heir to Alexander Vinokourov’s crown of best Kazakhstan rider in cycling.