A solid fourth place for Aleksandr Vlasov at the Giro d’Italia – Astana

A solid fourth place for Aleksandr Vlasov at the Giro d’Italia

The 104th edition of the Giro d’Italia has ended today in Milan with a 30-kilometer-long individual time trial.

The leader of Astana – Premier Tech Aleksandr Vlasov spent a good day on his Wilier Triestina Turbine TT bike, taking a 19th place on this final stage. This result was more than enough to secure his fourth place in the final General Classification of the Italian Grand tour.

“Honestly, I am quite happy with my performance here at the Giro d’Italia. I mean it was my first Grand tour where I came fully focused for the result as a 100% leader of the team and I was able to finish fourth, really close to the podium. The final podium would be a super success for me, but anyway the result I’ve got here in Italy brings me a lot of motivation and satisfaction. Together with our team we spent three great weeks at the Giro and lived many good moments. With the experience I got here I know I can move further ahead”, – said Aleksandr Vlasov.

“I want to congratulate all the team, riders, staff and management with a solid result we showed at the Giro d’Italia. The team performed absolutely great during these three weeks and we gave our best for the best possible result. We were up there in front, fighting for the General Classification with quite a young roster and a young leader. The fourth place we reached here – is a very nice and promising result”, – said Giuseppe Martinelli, Sports Director of Astana – Premier Tech.

The Colombian Egan Bernal became the overall winner of the 2021 Giro d’Italia with Damiano Caruso and Simon Yates completing the race podium.

The Italian Filippo Ganna took the final stage victory, winning today’s individual time trial, while Matteo Sobrero once again proved he feels really good in this discipline, scoring a fourth place in Milan just 14 seconds behind the stage winner.

Giro d’Italia, Stage 21. Senago – Milan, 30,3 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Filippo Ganna (INEOS Grenadiers); 2. Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick Step); 3. Edoardo Affini (Team Jumbo-Visma).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 4. Matteo Sobrero; 19. Aleksandr Vlasov; 30. Luis Leon Sanchez.

GC Top-3: Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers); 2. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain – Victorious); 3. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange).

Astana – Premier Tech GC Top-3: 4. Aleksandr Vlasov; 19. Gorka Izagirre; 33. Luis Leon Sanchez.

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Giro d’Italia, Stage 20. Aleksandr Vlasov takes seventh on the last mountain stage – Astana

Giro d’Italia, Stage 20. Aleksandr Vlasov takes seventh on the last mountain stage

The last mountain stage of the 104th edition of the Giro d’Italia was held today with riders facing two big climbs over 2000 metres above sea level before hitting the final ascent to Alpe Motta.

The decisive move came from the Italian Damiano Caruso and his teammates, who attacked on the descent from the first climb of the day – Passo San Bernardino. Caruso established a 40-second gap over the pink jersey group and was never caught back, taking the stage win and securing his second place in the General Classification.

The leader of Astana – Premier Tech, Aleksandr Vlasov attacked on the second climb of the day, the Passo dello Spluga, but the rivals caught him back on the descent. On the final climb Vlasov, having great support from his teammates, stayed well-positioned in the group of the pink jersey, but with three kilometres to the top he was forced to continue with his own rhythm, finally taking seventh place at the finish line, one minute and 13 seconds behind the stage winner.

“I just gave my best today, pushing as hard as I could. In the final I just missed a bit to stay with Bernal. I was dropped from the pink jersey group but continued on my rhythm to the top trying to finish as high as possible. Well, it was a hard day and once again I had great support from my team. Now I hope to recover in the best possible way to show my maximum in the time trial tomorrow”, – said Aleksandr Vlasov.

“It was another very hard day in the mountains and our team did an excellent job for Aleksandr Vlasov, protecting him the whole day and bringing him in a good position on the last climb. Aleksandr did his best and we have nothing to regret. I am really proud of our team at this Giro d’Italia as we rode all together really well during these three weeks. Now we are looking forward to the time trial in Milan. It will be a very tough challenge, but we just try to do all we can tomorrow”, – added Giuseppe Martinelli, Sports Director of Astana – Premier Tech.

With only one stage to go in this Giro d’Italia Egan Bernal keeps the pink jersey on his shoulders having 1’59” on Damiano Caruso and 3’23” on Simon Yates. Aleksandr Vlasov is still fourth, 7 minutes and 7 seconds behind the race leader.

Giro d’Italia, Stage 20. Verbania – Valle Spluga-Alpe Motta, 164 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain – Victorious); 2. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers); 3. Daniel Martinez (INEOS Grenadiers).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 7. Aleksandr Vlasov; 16. Vadim Pronskiy; 19. Harold Tejada.

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Giro d’Italia, Stage 16. Aleksandr Vlasov takes seventh on the queen stage, remains fourth in the GC – Astana

Giro d’Italia, Stage 16. Aleksandr Vlasov takes seventh on the queen stage, remains fourth in the GC

With three climbs all over 2000 metres above sea level, the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia had been positioned as the queen stage of the race but extreme weather conditions on two out of three climbs, Passo Fedaia and Passo Pordoi, forced the race organizers to exclude them from the route. The revised stage profile featured just 153 out of 212 kilometres with only La Crosetta climb at the start and Passo Giau as the Cima Coppi (2233 metres above sea level) in the final before the descent to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The rain and cold all day long still made this stage challenging for all the riders, impacting the General Classification of the race significantly.

After multiple attacks, a group of 24 riders went away on La Crosetta, while later a new leading group of six counterattacked, finally, to create the breakaway of the day with Gorka Izagirre being one of the most aggressive riders up there. The group of Izagirre opened a six-minute gap, while Astana – Premier Tech leader Aleksandr Vlasov stayed well protected in the peloton, surrounded by his teammates.

At the bottom of Passo Giau, Vlasov suffered a mechanical incident when a jacket was caught in his wheel, forcing him to stop and lose time at a crucial point in the race. Vlasov tried to come back to the significantly-reduced GC favourites group, supported by Matteo Sobrero and then by Gorka Izagirre, who dropped back from the breakaway to help his leader.

“The team worked really well all day long. Despite last-minute change in the stage route we prepared a good plan both for the staff and the riders, so everything went in the right way. Gorka Izagirre was in the breakaway, while Aleksandr Vlasov was well protected by the teammates. Then, bad luck impacted us a lot when Vlasov got a jacket in his wheel at the bottom of Passa Giau. Matteo Sobrero gave his all to bring Aleksandr back to the group and they missed just a little to bridge to the front before the decisive attack of Egan Bernal. And also Gorka Izagirre did a phenomenal job coming back from the breakaway to lead Vlasov to the top of the climb trying to minimize our loses. At the end of the day, we lost two minutes to Bernal and around a minute and a half to the others. It is a lot, but we still saved our day and despite bad luck we are still in the mix for the podium. Let’s see what happens after the second rest day,” – said Giuseppe Martinelli, Sports Director of Astana – Premier Tech.

Bernal attacked from the GC favourites group, at the end of the day taking a solo victory in Cortina d’Ampezzo and increasing his lead in the overall standings.

Vlasov finished seventh, 2 minutes and 11 seconds behind Bernal while Gorka Izagirre was eighth.

Going into the second rest day, Bernal leads the race with a 2’24” advantage on Damiano Caruso and 3’40” on Hugh Carthy. Vlasov maintains fourth overall, 4 minutes 18 seconds behind the race leader.

“When I started to take off my jacket, somehow a sleeve touched my wheel, immediately blocking it. I had to stop to solve the problem but fortunately our car was not far behind, so I got help from our mechanic. Well, with support of my teammates I tried to come back to the group, but it did not work out because I was quite far behind. It’s a disappointing moment, but it was how it was, nothing I can do about it. We did our best to the finish line but I still lost time to my rivals. I felt really good today and my teammates did a great job for me, but the luck was not on our side today. However I am not going to give up and I will keep on fighting in the third week”, – said Aleksandr Vlasov.

Giro d’Italia, Stage 16, Sacile – Cortina d’Ampezzo, 153 km.

Stage Top-3: 1. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers); 2. Romain Bardet (Team DSM); 3. Damiano Caruso (Barhain – Victorious).

Astana – Premier Tech stage Top-3: 7. Aleksandr Vlasov; 8. Gorka Izagirre. 26. Matteo Sobrero.

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Vlasov rides onto Giro d’Italia podium after stage 9 GC battle – Astana

Vlasov rides onto Giro d’Italia podium after stage 9 GC battle

Aleksandr Vlasov showed his strength in the latest General Classification battle on stage nine of the Giro d’Italia to finish in third place on the brutal gravel summit finish.

Vlasov’s impressive performance sees him move onto the Giro d’Italia podium in third overall, 21 seconds behind stage winner and new race leader Egan Bernal.

“It was a great experience for me on this kind of final. It was a very tough summit especially because of the gravel section. I tried to attack in the final and I think it was a good move, but it was a bit difficult for me to hold the bike stable on this surface. My legs worked really well and I felt good, but the gravel was a hard challenge anyway. I am happy with my performance and I did all I could on this type of finish. So, I am happy so far and let’s see how it will be tomorrow and after the first rest day,” said Vlasov.

The battle for the breakaway played out for more than one hour with Astana – Premier Tech active at the front of the race and present in all of the moves. With attack after attack reeled in, eventually 17 riders were able to go clear with Spanish road race champion Luis Leon Sanchez in the mix.

With four climbs on the menu, the peloton controlled the breakaway’s advantage and on the category 2 Ovindoli climb, the breakaway began to split. Behind, Vlasov was well protected by his teammates in the reduced bunch as the pace picked up approaching the finale.

Sanchez was reeled in by the peloton inside the last 10 kilometres at which point the lone leader was just over one minute ahead. But the difficult finale and gravel sector played into the hands of the GC contenders who made the catch with 400 metres to go after a strong attack by Vlasov.

With riders dropped on the gravel, Bernal launched what would be the winning move while behind, Vlasov dug deep to respond. Vlasov fought hard to remain third on the road in the final 200 metres, crossing the line seven seconds down on Bernal.

Race Profile

Giro d’Italia

Stage 9 Castel di Sangro > Campo Felice (158km)

Top 3: 1. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers), 2. Giulio Ciccone (Trek – Segafredo), 3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana – Premier Tech)

Astana – Premier Tech top 3: 3. Aleksandr Vlasov, 45. Harold Tejada, 52. Vadim Pronskiy

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Vlasov moves up to fourth overall after brutal Giro d’Italia stage 6 – Astana

Vlasov moves up to fourth overall after brutal Giro d’Italia stage 6

A tough day in the saddle on stage six of the Giro d’Italia saw Aleksandr Vlasov climb the General Classification rankings to move into fourth overall, 24 seconds behind new race leader Attila Valter.

Astana – Premier Tech’s Russian leader crossed the line in tenth place atop the San Giacomo climb in what was the race’s first summit finish in brutal conditions with cold weather and constant rain making for a difficult day.

“It was a very hard day, especially with the cold weather. I really couldn’t feel my arms or legs so I suffered a lot. On the downhill I didn’t want to push too hard and then on the final climb, I gave everything I had. I had great support from Harold Tejada so I was able to save some energy going into the final kilometres. It was not easy as I didn’t feel anything but I just tried to stay with the best as long as possible. I was able to answer the first attack but the second time Bernal went, I wasn’t able to stay on the wheel so I just held my own rhythm until the finish line. I did my best and in general, I am happy. Now we just keep taking things day by day and see what happens,” Vlasov said.

Gino Mader held on from the breakaway to take the solo victory while behind, the General Classification riders began to attack from the reduced peloton on the final climb. Vlasov, who had Harold Tejadad for support, responded to the first moves and clawed his way back to the front. Although he was wasn’t able to match a second attack within the last kilometre, Vlasov dug deep to limit him time loss on the finish line to cross the line 17 seconds behind a handful of General Classification rivals.

Heading back onto flatter terrain on stage seven, Vlasov now sits in fourth overall, eight seconds off the podium.

Race Profile

Giro d’Italia

Stage 6: Grotte di Frasassi > Ascoli Piceno (San Giacomo) (160km)

Top 3: 1. Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious), 2. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers), 3. Dan Martin (Israel Start Up Nation).

Astana – Premier Tech top 3: 10. Aleksandr Vlasov, 30. Harold Tejada, 62. Gorka Izagirre

Photo: Getty Sport

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