Kirill Pozdnyakov won the first stage of the Tour of Morocco and has taken the leader’s jersey. It is the first season victory for the Synergy Baku Cycling project.

Today’s stage covered 148.7 km from Benslimane to Kenitra.

“The guys were always at the front today. With 40 km to go, there was a breakaway and the guys did a great job to get Kirill into the group. Then it was up to Kirill to do his best, and he did it. With 4 km left, he attacked and went on to win solo,” said DS Eldar Dzhabrailov.

“It was a good race for us, great work by all the guys. After a difficult travel day yesterday, they were rewarded and are all satisfied with the results.”

“It went better than I expected. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat, but it didn’t affect my form today. It is great to have my first win!” said Pozdnyakov.

“Thanks to all the team, together we rode perfect race today.”

Synergy Baku Cycling Project for the Tour of Morocco: Elgun Alizada, Elchin Asadov, Ismail Iliasov, Samir Jabrayilov, Kirill Pozdnyakov and Josip Rumac