Gazprom — RusVelo wins Russian National Championship

Last weekend 29 June — 1 July the Russian Road Cycling Championship took place in Kursk. Riders of Gazprom — RusVelo prevailed in the road race: Ivan Rovny became the new champion, Alexander Porsev won the silver medal and Alexander Vlasov was the strongest among U23 riders.

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The route featured a total distance of 180 kilometres divided into 15 laps in the city center of Kursk, which was hosting the Russian Championship for the first time. The fierce competition began just after the teams had crossed the starting line and four riders of Gazprom — RusVelo made it to the leading group, which in the end was not chased by the peloton.

The new Russian Champion Ivan Rovny is happy with his victory, however he is already thinking about the next races: “I think that the Championship went quite enjoyable for the local audience and cycling fans, as the route was quite tough, weather was changing several times during the contest adding additional difficulties and riders also demonstrated a great performance. Frankly speaking, I am glad to win here, but at the moment I am already thinking about the upcoming races, Tour of Austria, which starts this week, in particular”.

The young rider of Gazprom — RusVelo Alexander Vlasov also shared his thoughts: “The road race went quite good for our team, already on the second lap we went to a breakaway group consisting of eight riders. Gradually, as we were actively increasing the tempo and working in front, our contenders started to drop out from the group. This is an important victory for me and I am happy that my last year in U23 is going quite victoriously”.

Photo Credits: Yaroslav Chervyak