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Sergiy Lagkuti wins the Tour of Qinghai Lake

31-year-old Sergiy Lagkuti of Kolss – BDC wins the Tour of Qinghai Lake

Sergiy Lagkuti (Kolss – BDC) claimed the overall title at the Tour of Qinghai Lake on Saturday after finishing safely in the 13th and final stage of the race. Jakub Mareczko (Wilier – Southeast) nabbed the stage victory in a bunch sprint, his third in the event, out-sprinting Marko Kump (Lampre – Merida) and Marco Benfatto (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) in a circuit race of 95 total kilometers.

Lagkuti won the sixth stage and then took the race leader’s yellow jersey from teammate and Ukrainian compatriot Vitaliy Buts after finishing third in the stage 12 individual time trial. He held on through Saturday’s stage to close out the race atop general classification, winning his second general classification crown of 2016 after the Tour of Ukraine (2.2) last month.

The 31-year-old was overjoyed, although exhausted, to take the win after nearly two weeks of racing.

“I am very lucky today to finish the Tour of Qinghai Lake in the yellow jersey,” he said. “The team now is all very tired. We will absolutely celebrate the yellow jersey, but in which way to celebrate we are still not sure.”

Matej Mugerli of Synergy Baku earned overall runner-up honors at 37 seconds back, while Buts finished third on GC, a minute down.

Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini) won the points classification, while Mauricio Ortega (RTS – Santic) owned the mountains classification from the opening KOM of stage 1 all the way through to the final day of racing.

Aaron S. Lee is a cycling and triathlon columnist for Eurosport and a guest contributor to VeloNews.