Wout Poels pips Alexey Lutsenko in two-up sprint on Ruta del Sol stage four

The Dutchman led from the front and held on to deny the Khazak in the sprint

Wout Poels
(Image credit: Getty)

Wout Poels won his first race since 2019 after pipping Alexey Lutsenko in the two-up sprint finish of stage four at the Ruta del Sol.

The Dutchman and the Astana Qazaqstan man broke away in the closing kilometres, holding off the chase group to contest the win between themselves. Poels led from the front inside the final kilometre and held off Lutsenko's charge to seal the victory for Bahrain-Victorious.

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