Arctic Race: Penultimate stage ‘ideally suited’ for Lutsenko
Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko may be nine seconds down to cycling’s ‘Mr Everything’ Mathieu van der Poel at the halfway mark of the four-day Arctic Race of Norway, but the current Kazakhstan road race champion is confident of what lies ahead.
“Tomorrow is good stage for me for GC, it’s a small Mont Ventoux. Oman is the same, 6k, 11 percent. I feel good after the Tour de France, we’ll see tomorrow.”
While the reigning cyclocross world champion, Amstel Gold Race winner and recently crowned European mountain bike champion looks unstoppable as of late, Lutsenko is not focused on the 24-year-old Dutchman or the reigning French national champion and Grand Tour GC specialist Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic).
“No, my focus is to just win the stage and then after the last stage, No.4, is also hard with a lot of climbs,” he said. “Tomorrow we will see how my legs feel.”