Fincycling season start - part two

Fincycling season is well on its way, and so far the team has been racing in Estonia, Finland and Poland. Next up is a stage race in Finland this weekend (AHH etappiajot) and Switzerland (46ème Tour du Pays de Vaud) next week. Aleksi Hänninen, Niklas Henttala, Lauri Koski, Erik Relanto, Jaakko Hänninen and Antto Tunkkari build up the Fincycling team in AHH etappiajot and the team representing Fincycling in 46ème Tour du Pays de Vaud is Aleksi Hänninen, Niklas Henttala, Lauri Koski, Erik Relanto, Antto Tunkkari and Marco Tapio Niemi. 

As a small wrap up from the early season start here is a small recap of day 2 in Turku a couple of weeks ago, part 1 you can still find here.

After a great day one and a successful gala-evening Fincycling was ready for day two, TS Kortteliajot in Turku, a real spring classic in Finland. Every team and rider in Finland wants to win this race, and usually it ends up in a bunch sprint. Team Fincycling was having five riders for the race,  Sasu Halme, Aleksi Hänninen, Antto Tunkkari, Waltteri Lepistö and Arttu Suvisaari. 

 Discussing team tactics before the race with Charly Wegelius and Marko Vauhkonen

Discussing team tactics before the race with Charly Wegelius and Marko Vauhkonen

 Heading for the start

Heading for the start

 Aleksi had a great first day in Turku

Aleksi had a great first day in Turku

 Checking out today's menu. The guys are of powered by PowerBar

Checking out today's menu. The guys are of powered by PowerBar

 And off it went, Fincycling at the front, of course!

And off it went, Fincycling at the front, of course!

 The boys reacted to all breakaway attempts, strong performance once again!

The boys reacted to all breakaway attempts, strong performance once again!

 Aleksi was well placed at all time to secure a good GC position

Aleksi was well placed at all time to secure a good GC position

 Who's keeping up the pace and making the race difficult for everyone? Fincycling of course!

Who's keeping up the pace and making the race difficult for everyone? Fincycling of course!

 Marko and Charly watching the guys perform

Marko and Charly watching the guys perform

 Sasu had a super strong day! He was attacking and attacking and closing gaps, working like Voigt one could say!

Sasu had a super strong day! He was attacking and attacking and closing gaps, working like Voigt one could say!

 Marko giving instructions on the go

Marko giving instructions on the go

 Antto was misplaced in the bunch and lost control to the front and was flagged off towards the end.He really fought until the end! Charly giving feedback and support for a good job done.  

Antto was misplaced in the bunch and lost control to the front and was flagged off towards the end.He really fought until the end! Charly giving feedback and support for a good job done.  

 TWD Länken had a stronger team this time and Ilari Kahila took the win after a perfect leadout.

TWD Länken had a stronger team this time and Ilari Kahila took the win after a perfect leadout.

 A superb job all day by Sasu, he finished 7th with the same time as the winner.

A superb job all day by Sasu, he finished 7th with the same time as the winner.

 Fincycling after the finish. Good job all weekend!

Fincycling after the finish. Good job all weekend!

It was great to see the guys executing the tactics set up for both days and they really made the race hard for everyone. Experience is what is needed to win, the boys are on their way on the learning curve, and having seen the attitude the whole team has it is a promising start indeed.

So let's wish our guys the best for AHH etappiajot and the 46ème Tour du Pays de Vaud next week.