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Olympian leads home Russian 1-2-3 in Khon Kaen

Apr 10. 2018
 Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia / Nation Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit
Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia / Nation Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit
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By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia led from start to finish to win the overall title in the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’ Cup Women’s Tour of Thailand in Khon Kaen on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old's victory came despite her trailing in sixth in 2:42.17 hours in the 113.6km third and final stage, which started and finished at Kaen Nakhon Lake in the northeastern city.

Zabelinskaya, who won two bronzes at London 2012 (in the road race and time trial) and a silver at Rio 2016 (in the time trial again), also spearheaded the Russia National Team to the overall title with a combined time of 19:40.33 hours. 

The women’s individual event ended up as a Russian 1-2-3 as Zabelinskaya’s teammates, Karina Kasenova and Gulnaz Badykova, finished second and third overall.

However, Thailand still had someone to feel proud of as 2014 Asian Games road race gold medalist Jutatip Maneephan won the final stage in a time of 2:42.17 hours.

Jutatip, also the stage one winner on Sunday, enjoyed triple delight by winning the Best Sprinter to earn herself the green jersey as Best Asean Rider in the final stage.

However, the overall Best Asean Rider title and the purple jersey went to Vietnamese  Nguyen Thi Thai, who clocked 6:52.21 hours. 

Nguyen and her teammates at World Cycling Centre also won the overall Best Asean Team title with a total time of  19:42.59 hours, just 1.05 seconds in front of the Thailand Women’s Cycling Team.

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