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09:55 GMT         Day 26 of 90, Season 42    

Xtreme Cycling's Marien Kuku takes victory


  Tour of Hokkaido (U23) was exciting all the way through. Several riders tried their luck on the climbs, yet the stage were to be terminated by a leading group of climbers. Early on the climb, Marien Kuku (Xtreme Cycling) launched an attack, and he managed to get away alone. No one could match Marien Kuku's tempo, as he drove to the top without any threats. The rest of the climbers stayed together in a group, where Alpi Laakkonen (eagles wings) secured his second place right in front of Philip Lokin (Il Grillo).
Marien Kuku was happy with the result. It has been my dream for a long time to win this stage, and finally I succeed, said the smiling winner.
Twan, manager of Xtreme Cycling, was happy with the result: The whole team did well today. Everything turned out as we hoped, and luckily, Marien Kuku was the strongest rider out there today. The proud manager didn't hide that he was satisfied with Marien Kuku's result. Marien Kuku did well. No one deserved the victory more than him. He put his focus on this stage long ago, and he kept his motivation high. I'm happy for him and the team, said Twan.



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Tour of Hokkaido (U23)
Marien Kuku
Alpi Laakkonen
Philip Lokin