At high speed through Alps

Belarusian Alena Omelyusik comes third in UCI Road World Cup in Italy
By Igor Grishin

Belarusian Alena Omelyusik comes third in UCI Road World Cup in Italy

Belarusian cyclist Alena Omelyusik continues to demonstrate high-level results in road competitions all over the globe. After prize-winning places in two multi-day races in Central America, she has finished third at the World Cup second stage in the northern Italian province of Varese.

In the World Cup distance of 123.7km, part of which ran through the Alps, Alena was just a few tenths of a second behind winner Emma Johansson of Sweden (3:05:24). Eight athletes crossed the finish line almost simultaneously, with a number of strong opponents behind our Belarusian cyclist, including double bronze 2012 Summer Olympics medallist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia. Ms. Omelyusik also won an individual nomination: best in the mountain standings.

Alena, 25, has been cycling for Astana BePink team, and is 5th in the latest UCI individual rankings for elite group cyclists (with 605 points) — up from 14th position. Emma Johansson enjoys a comfortable lead of 1,495 points.

Belarus’ leading road racer has moved up the individual rankings to 14th place thanks to her successes over a range of recent races in the Central American states. Ms. Omelyusik came third in the general classification at the Vuelta Ciclista Femenina a Costa Rica, and won the mountain classification. At the Grand Prix el Salvador, she claimed first place, and second in the Vuelta a El Salvador. She also won points and the mountain classification in the Vuelta a El Salvador.

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