Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) won his third stage of the Tour of Oman today and took another defining step towards securing his second consecutive overall win at the race. The Tour of Oman’s queen stage concluded on the 5.7km/11% climb of Green Mountain, as usual the slopes delivered an exciting finish.
Lutsenko caught and then passed Fabien Grellier (Direct Energie) just 100m from the line.
Talking to press afterwards Lutsenko gave some insight into the significance of the win, revealing that his wife had suffered a miscarriage in December.
“I won this stage for my wife,” Lutsenko said. “For me, this is a really difficult time for us. We lost two kids. The start of the new season is a difficult time for me and my family.”
“This win is for my wife. It’s terrible to lose two babies like that. We’ve got a five-year-old girl, too. I wanted to give my absolute best for all my family.”