Tinkoff's Vasil Kiryienka showed he track talent does in fact carry over to the road in Friday's stage seven of the Giro d'Italia with a second place finish behind LPR Brake's Gabriele Bosisio.
With 84 kilometres left to race, he found himself in a breakaway with Fortunato Baliani (CSF Group Navigare), Simon Spilak (Lampre), Félix Rafael Cárdenas (Barloworld), Gabriele Bosisio (LPR Brakes), Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare), and Joan Horrach (Caisse d'Epargne). When Bosisio attacked the remnants of the break with two kilometres to go, he gained a 42 second gap on Kiryienka to claim the stage, but the Belorussian, who is the world champion in the points race, held tough to take second.
"We are here to win stages, and we will continue to do so," said Tinkoff Credit Systems team manager Orlando Maini. "Today, Kiryienka put in a maximum effort, and despite the attack of Bosisio, he continued to push himself to finish second. Vasil rode beautifully today, and proved that his talents on the track have translated to the road."
See Cyclingnews' complete coverage of stage seven of the Giro d'Italia.