Giro d’Italia. Vincenzo Nibali takes eighth place atop Blockhaus – Astana

Giro d’Italia. Vincenzo Nibali takes eighth place atop Blockhaus

A very hard mountain stage to Blockhaus has been held today at the Giro d’Italia: the riders passed 191 km with 5 categorized climbs, including the final ascent to a super tough Blockhaus.

Astana Qazaqstan Team spent a very active day: Joe Dombrowski was able to join the daily breakaway and became the last rider to be caught by the main group on the lowest slopes of Blockhaus, while team leader Vincenzo Nibali showed good legs, staying inside the GC contenders’ group almost until the finish and taking a solid eighth place.

“Well, I tried to do this climb in a regular rhythm, because my plan was to defend and not to attack. Today, together with the team we decided to try to keep strong during the day and to see, where I can reach at the end of the stage. Actually, the legs worked pretty well, and I felt maybe better than I was hoping for. It was a very hot day, maybe the first really hot day of this Giro, so many riders were suffering because of it. Also, the stage turned out to be a real challenge with D+ over 5000 meters, looks like many years passed since the Giro had a stage of 5000 meters of elevation. However, I think, it was a good stage for us, and now I am happy that we are heading into the rest day, which will bring us a possibility to recover a bit”, – said Vincenzo Nibali.

After Stage 9, won by Jai Hindley, Vincenzo Nibali moved up to 13th position, 3 minutes and 4 seconds behind the pink jersey Juan Pedro Lopez.

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La Vuelta. Stage 11. Aleksandr Vlasov takes eighth place in Valdepeñas de Jaén – Astana

La Vuelta. Stage 11. Aleksandr Vlasov takes eighth place in Valdepeñas de Jaén

Aleksandr Vlasov takes a good eighth place in the powerful uphill sprint on a short but super steep climb on the streets of Valdepeñas de Jaén. The group of the red jersey caught the only survived rider from the breakaway Magnus Cort with some 300-400 meters to go, playing the stage victory in the sprint.

Vlasov, positioned well in front, was able to follow the move of Primoz Roglic, Enric Mas and Miguel Angel Lopez, at the end of the day, finishing eighth, seven seconds behind the stage winner Roglic.

“It was a very fast day with an impressive pace in the group all day long. I was really well protected by my teammates and felt comfortable in the peloton, while before the last climb I took a good position in front and just did my best to the finish line, trying to be as high as possible. It worked out pretty well and I did a good sprint in the final, so I can be happy with my place in the Top-10 today. We had two fast and hot days here at La Vuelta after the first rest day, but more tough stages are still to come. So, let’s see how the race will go on”,– said Aleksandr Vlasov.

“Our team did a good race, and we can be really satisfied with the way Aleksandr, but also other guys did the final climb. Indeed, today we missed Alex Aranburu, who also could be among the contenders at this stage, but also could help the team in the following stages. But there is nothing to do as Alex got some injuries in the yesterday crash and was forced to abandon. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see Alex in the next races of the season. However, it was a good stage for us, and Aleksandr showed today good legs on a very tough climb. We have protected our positions today and we are looking forward to the next stages here at La Vuelta”, – added Dmitriy Fofonov, Team Performance Manager.

After Stage 11 Aleksandr Vlasov moved up to 11th place in the General Classification led by the Norwegian Odd Christian Eiking.

La Vuelta, Stage 11. Antequera – Valdepeñas de Jaén, 133.6 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo – Visma); 2. Enric Mas. (Movistar Team); 3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar Team).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 8. Aleksandr Vlasov; 16. Ion Izagirre; 26. Luis Leon Sanchez.

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— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com