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Estonians dominated the Tour of Estonia 2017

This year’s Tour of Estonia finished with the Tartu GP (172,8 km), won by Gert Jõeäär from National Team Estonia. Yesterday’s Tallinn-Tartu GP’s (211,2 km) winner Karl Patrick Lauk triumphed in the general classification.

Jõeäär, who this year competes as an amateur in local events, made the decisive move approximately 15 km before the finish. At one time his lead was over 20 seconds and in the end he finished 5 seconds before the second place owner Latvian Emils Liepins (Rietumu Banka-Riga) and third place finisher Karl Patrick Lauk (National Team Estonia), who both showed the quickest legs in the group finish. Lauk also won the general classification.


„When I attacked, I hoped that one or two men were coming with me, because then it would’ve been a little bit easier to ride the final 15 km. Usually it is difficult to stay ahead alone until the end, but when I saw that the gap was pretty big, I thought that it was pointless to look back,“ said Jõeäär. „Today is one of the best days in my career. The victories are worth working hard,“ he added.


Lauk, who in the overall classification got the biggest win of his career, said it was mentally hard to ride in the leader’s jersey. „Physically I felt pretty good today, but to me it was mentally more difficult, because although I’ve had leader’s role experience before, Tour of Estonia is with a lot higher category cycling event compared to the previous ones,“ said Tour of Estonia’s winner after the race.


Jaan Kirsipuu, head coach of National Team Estonia was obviously pleased with the 20 years old Lauk’s performance. „Karl Patrick proved his ability to be the leader of the team. I didn’t doubt in his abilities, but as he said, it was mentally difficult for him and fellow guys had to calm him down a little bit,“ he said.


Estonian Cycling Weekend ends tomorrow with the 36th Tartu Rattaralli, where over 3500 participants are expected to take part in.


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