• Alexey Lutsenko proved too strong on the 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse (Sirotti)Source: Sirotti
Alexey Lutsenko powered to victory in the Tour de Suisse eighth stage as Thibaut Pinot held on to the overall lead.
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Cycling Central

21 Jun 2015 - 8:10 AM 

The Astana rider finished ahead of Jan Bakelants (AG2R) and Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) at the end of the 152.5km stage held in and around Bern, Switzerland.

"This is the biggest win of my career," said Lutsenko, a former under-23 world champion. "I paced my attack 20km from the finish. I wasn't too worried about Bakelants as I knew I could beat him in a sprint."

After having his race leading advantage cut slightly, Pinot (FDJ.fr) is now 34 seconds clear of Geraint Thomas (Sky) before the final stage 38km time trial.

Before going clear together with 20 kilometers left to race, both Lutsenko and Bakelants were in a long 19-man break which defined the stage.

Out on the last lap around Bern riders in the front group started attacking each other but it was Lutsenko who made the strongest move. Bakelants then bridged in response, but didn’t have the strength to contribute much to defending their lead.

Lutsenko though was on a good day and his work towed the pair clear to finish 17 seconds ahead of Barguil as the rest of the peloton trailed in 22 seconds later.

Stage 8: 164.6km, Bern - Bern
1 Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana 3hr 28min 11sec
2 Jan Bakelants (BEL) AG2R 0:00:01
3 Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:17
4 Marco Haller (AUT) Katusha 0:00:22
5 Daniele Bennati (ITA) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 Michael Albasini (SUI) Orica-GreenEDGE
7 Matteo Trentin (ITA) Etixx-QuickStep
8 Danilo Wyss (SUI) BMC
9 Winner Anacona (COL) Movistar
10 Stijn Devolder (BEL) Trek Factory Racing

General classification
1 Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr 29hr 25min 28sec
2 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky 0:00:34
3 Simon Spilak (SLO) Katusha 0:00:47
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) AG2R 0:00:50
5 Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) Astana 0:01:14
6 Tom Dumoulin (NED) Giant-Alpecin 0:01:24
7 Steve Morabito (SUI) FDJ.fr 0:02:29
8 Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI) IAM 0:02:43
9 Sergio Luis Henao (COL) Sky 0:02:46
10 Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Alpecin 0:02:51